Spaying or neutering gives your pet a chance for a longer, healthier life; but there are other reasons to consider before taking your pet to the vet.
Spaying or neutering your pet is a decision that could potentially make you feel guilty. But it is important for many reasons.
Here are the pros and cons of getting your pet neutered or spayed.
Spaying and neutering your pet has become part of every basic adoption program. No shelter will allow you to take home a pet without it and the reasons for the decision have proven to be very positive. For example:
? Controls overpopulation of dogs and cats: The main reason. Every year thousands of healthy, adoptable pets are euthanized in shelters because there is simply no space and resources to keep them there.
? Gives your pet a longer, healthier life: Spaying and neutering decreases the chances of uterine infections as well as breast and testicular cancer on your dog or cat.
? A less stressful environment: A non-neutered pet's mission in life is to multiply and when she's in heat, she sends the message to every corner of the neighborhood.
The need to find a mate becomes the only thing that matters and can be very stressful, not only to your pet but for the whole family. Not having those urges brings peace back to your home. Say goodbye to urine markings!
*There are rumors that spaying and neutering changes your pet's personality. Experts agree that this is not true. The fact is that your dog is now more relaxed and able to safely enjoy new adventures.
In every decision there is a pro and a con.
? If you are a certified breeder: Then obviously this is not in the cards. Your job is to give the best life possible to your dogs so they in return bring healthy purebred puppies to continue their legacy.
Looking for a purebred? Watch out for those "uncertified" ones and their puppy mills. Do your research. Only buy dogs from the breeder, never from a store.
? It can create hormonal imbalances: Cases of hypothyroidism have been reported, mostly on dogs that have gone through the process before their first heat.
If your adopted puppy didn't come from the shelter and you have questions about the procedure, consult with your veterinarian. In many cases, waiting until the dog reaches maturity can decrease the chances.
? Your pet will gain a few pounds: Now that she doesn't need to find Mr. Right Now, your pet lets herself go and gets a little chubby... Pets do add some weight, but that can be controlled with diet and a daily exercise routine.
Spaying or neutering your dog is a big decision, like any surgery. But in the long run it is better for your pet. Let's just put it this way: if they're not using it, then they should lose it.