Q: Why should I have my pet spayed or neutered?
A: By spaying or neutering your pet, you’ll help control the pet homelessness crisis, which results in millions of healthy dogs and cats being euthanized in the United States each year simply because there aren’t enough homes to go around.
Q: Shouldn’t I let my dog/cat have a litter before I spay her?
A: No. All the medical evidence suggests an animal should be spayed before her first heat.
Q: What if I can find homes for the puppies or kittens?
A: For each home you find, there’s one less home for a dog or cat that was already born. Plus, you can’t be responsible for what the new owners do. Those new owners may let those dogs or cats breed as well. Thus, adding to the pet overpopulation problem.
Q: What if I want my children to witness birth.
A: You can still do that. There are plenty of rescue groups out there trying to help animals that have been abandoned by irresponsible pet owners. Many have pregnant animals. Volunteer to foster a pregnant dog. You’ll be helping the group as well as the dog, and you’ll give your children a chance to see a litter being born and raised.
Q: Should I let my dog have a heat before I spay her?
A: Medically, it’s better to spay your dog before her first heat. It greatly reduces the risk of mammary tumors.
Q: Is it OK to spay my dog when she’s a puppy?
A: Although every Veterinarian has a different answer most agree that for dogs, while the traditional age for neutering is 4-6 months. Dogs can be neutered as adults as well, although there’s a slightly higher risk of post-operative complications in older dogs. Dogs that are overweight or dogs that have health problems. For cats it is generally considered safe for kittens as young as eight weeks old to be spayed or neutered. It is advisable to schedule the surgery before your cat reaches five months of age. It’s possible to spay a female cat while she’s in heat, although some Veterinarians for charge extra if the animal is in heat.
Q: Don’t dogs get fat once you spay or neuter them?
A: Dogs, just like people, get fat when they eat too much and don’t get enough exercise. And that’s something you can control. Portion control and frequent exercise is always recommended.
Q: My dog is a guard dog. If I spay or neuter him, will that stop him from protecting my house?
A: Spaying or neutering is not going to affect your dog’s desire or ability to protect your home or protect you. Guard dogs are trained to be guard dogs. Their behavior is a function of genetics or instinct, environment, and training.
Many police canine units spay or neuter their dogs. There’s no correlation between spaying or neutering an animal and its ability to protect you.
Q: Will my dog stop running away from home if I neuter him?
A: Although the surgery will reduce the amount of testosterone in your dog’s system, it won’t eliminate the hormone completely. Neutering is not as a quick fix for all behavior problems. Although neutering your pet often reduces undesirable behaviors caused by a higher level of testosterone, there’s no guarantee that your dog’s behavior will change after he’s neutered. Neutering will also not reduce behaviors that your pet has earned or that have become habitual. The effects of neutering are largely dependent on your dog’s individual personality, physiology and history.
Q: My dog/cat leaves marks all over my house. If I neuter him, will that stop?
A: Neutering a pet will decrease and could eliminate that kind of marking, which is a territorial behavior. That’s what they’re doing; they’re marking their territory to ward off other males that could come into it and claim their female.
Q: Will spaying or neutering my pet prevent future illnesses?
A: Spay or neutering can greatly reduce the chances of Prostate Cancer, Testicular Cancer, Bone Cancer, Breast Cancer and several other medical problems