Should I Spay or Neuter My Dog?
is the procedure of giving a hysterectomy to a female
animal. Neutering is the removal of the male
animals testicles. This surgical procedure is performed
by a veterinarian in order to render the animal
incapable of reproduction. The biggest reason that
Spaying and Neutering is important is because it reduces
overpopulation and it is beneficial for many health
The procedure can be
performed as early as six weeks of age but most
veterinarians prefer to do it at around 4 to 6 months of
Overpopulation is the
biggest single reason to Spay or Neuter. Estimates
indicate that over four million animals are euthanized at
shelters each year. This is because there are just not
enough homes available and there is not enough room or resources
to care for the large number of pets coming into them. Having
your pet neutered will help reduce these numbers and
ensure that you will not be adding to this tremendous
But Overpopulation is
not the only reason to Spay or Neuter. There are health
benefits as well. It will help your dog live a happier,
healthier and longer life.
It also eliminates a
lot of behavior problems. It stops the mating drive in
males, reduces roaming, running away, fighting, accidental
injury, poisoning and disease. If you have more than one
pet in your household, all the pets will get along
better if they are neutered.
Long-term benefits of
neutering includes improved health. Early neutering
nearly eliminates the possibility of breast cancer and
totally prevents uterine infections. It also reduces the
possibility uterine and testicular cancer to almost
Some people say that
you only need to "fix" the female dogs. This
is not the case. Beside the health issues listed above,
intact males often are more aggressive and fight for territory
with other males, even those who are neutered.
effects us all. Millions of tax dollars are annually
spent to find and catch wild, abandoned, and unwanted
pets. The really sad part is that much of this money is
spent to destroy the animals when homes cannot be
Human health is also
threatened. At-Large dogs transmit diseases, including
rabies and serous infections from animal bites.
Property damage and
livestock killing can occur when Farrell dogs roam in
search of food.