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Spaying and Neutering

pascalyes:

So my sister got my dog neutered the other day. For no fucking reason at all, he wasn’t aggressive or overly horny. I can’t help but feel bad for him, I hate doing shit like that to animals. Especially when it’s not really necessary. Idk sorry for bitching. Kthxbai

Actually, spaying and neutering is very important. There are more pros than cons when it comes to getting your dog fixed. I think all responsible dog owners should spay or neuter their pets, unless they plan on breeding… Which you shouldn’t be planning to do in the first place because there are too many animals in shelters and not enough families willing to adopt them — unfortunately, many of them have to be humanely euthanized because there is usually a lack of space and resources in the shelters. I’m against backyard breeding and anyone who supports the overpopulation of cats and dogs in this world. Here are some facts about spaying and neutering your dog:

  1. Medical evidence shows that animals who are spayed or neutered before they reach sexual maturity are overall healthier and may live longer.
  2. Spaying before your dog’s first heat reduces the risk of breast cancer and eliminates the risk of uterine and ovarian cancer in female dogs.
  3. Neutered males cannot develop testicular cancer and their risk for developing prostate cancer is greatly reduced.
  4. Many veterinarians now sterilize cats and dogs as young as eight weeks of age.
  5. Neutering males will help to eliminate behaviors such as urine marking, humping, aggression, and the instinctual urge to roam in search of a mate.
  6. Pets don’t have a concept of sexual identity or ego. Neutering will not change a pet’s basic personality. He doesn’t suffer any kind of emotional reaction or identity crisis when neutered.
  7. Spaying and neutering does not make your pet gain weight. The truth is that most pets get fat and lazy because their owners feed them too much and don’t give them enough exercise.

There is not a single good reason why your pets shouldn’t be spayed or neutered. If you think it costs too much, you are mistaken. There are several spay and neuter clinics available that provide low-cost spay and neuter services.

If you think your dog should be bred because it’s purebred, keep in mind that over 25% of shelter dogs are purebred. There are more dogs than there are willing households. If you breed your dog, there is a large chance that at some point one or more of those puppies will end up in a shelter. If the puppy isn’t adopted, he or she could be put to sleep. 

You may find good homes for all of your pet’s litter, but each home you find means one less home for the dogs and cats already in shelters who need forever homes. Also, in less than one year’s time, each of your pet’s offspring may have his or her own litter, adding even more animals to the population. The problem of pet overpopulation is created and perpetuated one litter at a time.

If you want to breed your dog because he or she has a great personality or temperament, think again. Your dog’s puppies have an unlikely chance of being a carbon copy of your pet. Even professional breeders cannot make this guarantee. There are shelter pets waiting for homes who are just as cute, smart, sweet, and loving as your own. They just need to be given a chance.

If you don’t want to have your dog fixed because it will stunt his growth, or alter his physical appearance, don’t worry. Several studies have found no adverse effects other than slightly longer legs or less “masculine” muscle development. Dogs neutered under 6 months develop less obesity and don’t establish some of the “male” behaviors that neutering is meant to treat.

In the end, every dog owner is left to make the choice on his or her own. In my personal opinion, I believe every household pet or companion should be spayed or neutered. I spent some time volunteering at a no-kill dog shelter and it was sad to see the number of puppies who ended up at the shelter. What was even worse were the older dogs who had lived at the shelter for more than 10 years… Now no one wants to adopt them because they are old and accustomed to living in a kennel.

Unfortunately, that is where they will die someday — alone.