Spaying or Neutering Your Dog:
Helping them Live a Long, Healthy Life
By Emma Smithson
Dog owners are often understandably concerned about subjecting their beloved dogs to any type of operation. Unless absolutely necessary, many opt to take the conservative route and avoid surgery altogether. Spaying/neutering a dog, however, is often touted as one of the most important steps we can take to ensure a healthy, long, safe life for our dogs and cats. If you have just taken your rescue dog to his new forever home, these are just a few reasons why you may opt to see your veterinarian about the possibility of this operation for your dog:
- Sterilization reduces the rate of specific diseases: Spaying your female dog greatly reduces the chances of ovarian cancer, pyometra ( a common, life-threatening uterine infection) and mammary tumors. Because of the link between sterilization and lower disease rates, your decision to spay or neuter your pet will most probably affect the conditions of your pet policy in a positive way, lowering the cost of insurance for your pet’s health.
- Sterilization helps us control dog populations: Across the USA, between six and eight million dogs and cats enter shelters every year; only three to four million are adopted. Some 2.7 million are ‘euthanized’. There is clearly a need to control the dog population.
- Studies have shown behavioral improvements form neutering: A study published by Sherman et al (Applied Animal Behaviour Science, 1996) found neutering to cause improvement in dogs with aggression problems..
- Spaying your female dog allows owners to eliminate worry about unwanted pregnancies. Sterilization can help dog owners feel more at ease when travelling with a dog, since when families are outside their comfort zone and a dog is allowed to roam free, it can be difficult to ward off male dogs, who will be strongly attracted to a female dog when the latter is in heat.
Please strongly consider spaying or neutering your pets if they aren’t already.
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