Why Should You Spay Or Neuter Your Dog?

benefits of spay neuterFebruary 28 is National Spay/Neuter Awareness Day and you may be wondering, why should you spay or neuter your dog. The question and its answer is a source for debate in social circles and on social media. While there may be pros to having your dog spayed or neutered, we are going to focus on the benefits.

We understand that virtually anything you do with your dog is your personal choice, but veterinarians speak to the benefits of spaying and neutering. Spaying and neutering will also help reduce the pet overpopulation and the number of dogs in shelters who are waiting for their forever homes.

Why Should You Spay Or Neuter Your Dog?

Annually, millions of unwanted and unplanned for dogs — including puppies — are euthanized in shelters. You can help alleviate shelter overcrowding and loss of life by being a responsible pet parent and having your dog spayed or neutered. When you have your dog spayed or neutered you are helping prevent litters of unwanted puppies.

Spaying and neutering can also protect your dog against serious health problems. Spaying and neutering may even reduce behavioral issues associated with the dog’s mating instinct. Some veterinarians say that a neutered dog is less likely to bite because he is in search of a female in heat or is aggressive around other dogs when a female in heat is in the area. When a female is spayed early — at around six months old — you may be protecting her against uterine infections or developing breast cancer.

Spaying and neutering has never been shown to have a negative impact on your dog’s intellect. When you spay or neuter your dogs you’re not lessening their desire to play, work, hunt or learn tricks. In fact, some dogs are better behaved when they’ve been spayed or neutered.

Here are some other benefits veterinarians believe occur when your dog is spayed or neutered:

  1. They may live a longer, healthier life.
  2. It will reduce your dog’s urge to roam in search of a female who is in heat.
  3. You’re reducing overpopulation and overcrowding of dogs in shelters.

Some concerns pet parents have about spaying or neutering may be unwarranted. They include:

  1. My dog will get fat. There is no correlation between spaying and neutering and an overweight dog. If your dog is getting overweight, ask your veterinarian for advice on getting him or her back to a healthy weight.
  2. My dog’s personality will change. That is true — for the better. A spayed or neutered dog will be calmer and more easily trained.
  3. I’m worried about my dog being under anesthesia. This is a concern, but your veterinarian will run tests to assure your dog is healthy enough for anesthesia and is highly trained to perform this type of surgery.

On February 28, and any time you adopt a dog, please consider spaying or neutering.

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