or Neutering Your Dog-Get The Facts... Be Responsible
Bringing a new puppy or dog home is a huge commitment and a
three-fold responsibility. You now have a commitment to your dog,
yourself, and to your community. Spaying or neutering your pet is
just another responsibility that you must think about when
bringing a puppy or dog into your home. And, if you've already
brought one home, the time to start thinking about you and your
pet's future together is now.
Unless you are a professional breeder, there is no reason not
to have your dog spayed or neutered. Let's take a look, quickly,
at the differences of each.
Spaying vs. neutering
A female dog is spayed and a male is neutered. The operation is a
removal of the animal's reproductive organs. The operation tends
to be a little more expensive for female dogs as the veterinarian
has to make an incision and sew up the animal's lower abdomen. In
a male dog, however, the scrotum is opened and the reproductive
organs are removed. The operation is also a little quicker for
male dogs. The age and health of your dog will cause recovery
time to vary.
A long time ago in the United States, older dogs were the only
one's spayed or neutered as they had a greater chance of survival
than puppies. However, with advances in sterilization, the
operation is usually done when a puppy is around six months of
age. Some veterinarians will do the operation a little sooner,
around three to five months. Older dogs can also be spayed or
neutered, but you should talk to your vet about the appropriate
time, especially for female dogs. The operation should occur well
after a heat cycle (Estrus).
There are many benefits to spaying or neutering your dog.
Female dogs undergo a heat cycle for six or seven days, three
times per year. While female dogs, unlike cats, remain somewhat
controllable during Estrus, it will save you headaches, clean up,
and every male dog in the neighborhood coming over for a visit to
your front yard. Spayed or neutered pets live longer, happier and
healthier lives. Spayed dogs (females) have no chance at
developing uterine or ovarian cancer, as these organs have been
removed. Studies show that spayed animals have a less likely
chance of developing breast cancer.
Neutered dogs (males) are less likely to wander off and
explore. The dog will also be less aggressive in his play or when
outside on his own. He will not play as rough, nor will he bite
as often. This, of course, all depends upon the training your dog
receives as well.
Spayed or neutered dogs tend to be more affectionate and
loving. They usually display calmer temperaments and are more
enjoyable to play with and be around. Neutered pets are less
likely to urinate on every tree or post they pass. Does it cause
Some people believe that spayed or neutered animals tend to
have problems with weight gain. While spayed or neutered animals
tend to be more docile, there is no relationship with the surgery
and weight gain. In other words, it all depends upon proper
playtime (exercise) and diet, not whether your pet is spayed or
There are many places that you can contact regarding
information or to schedule an appointment for your dog. Contact
an animal shelter, your vet or contact SPAY USA. There are grants
and monies available for those who may not have the funds to pay
for all of the surgery. The responsibility rests with you. This
small step will mean a more fulfilling life for you, your dog and
not to mention, for your community.
About the Author:
Tina Spriggs is an expert dog lover whose lifelong interest in
canines provides the motivation for her site. To learn more about
dogs or to find gifts and toys for them visit her site at
Dog Gifts and
Toys for Dog Lovers.
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NEWS & INFORMATION updated Mon. December / 17 / 2018
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