Neutering or spaying your dog is a controversial subject of discussion. Whereas on one side veterinarians and certain animal lovers prefer sterilizing stray animals and pets, on the other side there are people who prefer having liters and witnessing the miracles of birth. Some feel that sterilizing saves lives, while the others consider this as a brutal act of not letting the animal proceed with their natural life circumstances. Should this issue be treated similarly as it would in the case of humans? Where adding on to the family or undergoing a vasectomy/tubectomy is totally their personal decision?
Let's have a look at some of the details regarding the same and help you derive conclusions about what suits best for your dog!
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According to organizations like the Humane Society, every country in the world has animals, especially dogs and cats, sitting in the animal shelters waiting for their forever homes. Almost a half (maybe more) of them never get one and are turned down (euthanized) or just left on the streets to lead a struggling life on their own!
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Moving on to the decision of spaying or neutering community animals mean fewer strays will be wandering in search of food, home, and love. Fewer would be euthanized and a lesser number would turn up into the shelters or out on the streets!
But if you love your pet unconditionally and want them to experience family ties or you think you can find better homes for the pups, then answer this- can you guarantee the fact that you can take control over the decisions in other homes like you do for your own pet?
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#1. Makes them less of a man/woman along with other Behavioural Changes- NO
As a popular saying goes, neutering the male dog would make him feel less manly. So to this, we have an answer referring to a research mentioned in the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association.
The research considered around 52 male dogs that underwent the castration process and witnessed some noteworthy & positive differences in their behavior and personalities. Certain habits such as excessive urination, roaming, aggression as well as mounting effectively decreased, proving to leave a beneficial effect.
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The same case is for females where evidence shows healthier signs for the ones spayed before their first heat. In fact, according to the American Veterinary Medical Association, they endorse Early Age Neutering for dogs.
But it still depends on you to check with your vet about the appropriate age for this procedure. After all, each animal is different.
#2. It is not at all risky
Another myth goes around saying the surgery is risky. Not at all! It's just a matter of visiting an experienced vet/surgeon to let this whole process be free from complications.
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#3. It makes the animal 'Fat'- NOT REALLY
Castration does not result in undesirable changes nor does it make your animal fat or bulky and lazy. Improper eating habits and no to low outdoor activities/ exercising do that!
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#4. Do you have a Plan-B?
For the females, spaying prevents unwanted puppies. It is okay if you want to keep the litter all by yourself. But in case you don't think of a Plan B after having the puppies, then getting her spayed is the right option.
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#5. Can you manage the litter?
Not only is it about adding on to the ever increasing number of animals but at times people aren't even actually that knowledgeable enough or have the proper resources to handle the litter of puppies (yes, there are not just one or two but more than five puppies).
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#6. What diseases does it prevent in females?
There are a lot of other factors also that makes the surgery important. Not only is it about the litter, but the diseases that such a surgery can combat. Spaying reduces the risk of breast cancer in females along with preventing the development of ovary-related tumors of the ovaries and uterus.
#7. What diseases does it prevent in males?
As far as the males are concerned, this surgery eliminates the risk of testicular and prostate cancer. This is now a problem with 90 percent of the male dogs but castration prevents it all together!
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The surgery isn't expensive at all. There are vets who carry out the surgery as a community service. It totally depends on the facility/clinic/hospital you are taking your pet to. The costs can be as low as $40 in case you are getting it done from a non-profit organization that charges you just for the medicines or ask for donations. And it can also go as high as $300 depending on the region, clinic charges, breed of the dog and other such factors.
#9. What actually happens during the process?
General anesthesia is used and the following procedure is performed:
For Males (Neuter) - There's an incision made by the vet in front of the scrotum, where both the testicles are removed and then the incision is stitched back.
For Females (Spay) - The incision is made in the abdominal wall where the uterus and ovaries are removed after which the incision is stitched back.
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#10. It may cause mental/physical ordeals
The chances of developing issues relating to stress, joint pains, and infections are really low if you take proper care of your dog. In the case of a female, she needs at least a week’s rest to come back to her normal pace whereas, the males bounce back within a day or two. Yet both of them need care, hygienic surroundings, and love to recover from the surgery.
It might also be a little traumatizing for some dogs to witness a change in their bodies but it depends on the pet parents to confide them with assured attention and responsibility.
Well, we have given you all the facts related to sterilizing a dog, but we want to know what do you think about this issue? Should dogs be sterilized? Is it an ethical practice or just an escape route for some? Leave your vote and comment below!
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