|Barked: Mon Feb 8, '10 8:48pm PST |
|Here are some spay & neuter myths, and facts:
Your dog will get fat. Some people think their female dogs will get fat after they get spayed. This is not true. Like any dog (or person!), if they don't get enough exercise or they eat too much, they may gain a little weight. If your dog eats a good diet and gets daily exercise, there is no reason for her to gain any weight after being spayed.
My dog will get lazy. Dogs do not get lazy or lose energy after being spayed or neutered. If anything, they become more interested in playing.
My dog won't feel like a boy, if he's neutered. Some men think that neutering a dog makes him less of a boy. They think the dog will feel this. But dogs don't thinks about things like this. Dogs don't know they have been neutered.
My dogs personality will change. There is no reason for a dog's personality to drastically change after being spayed or neutered. A male dog may become more friendly and interested in people because he isn't busy looking for a dog to mate with.
Spaying and neutering are dangerous operations. Spaying & neutering are done under general anesthetic. That means the dog is not aware of what's going on. Anytime a dog is under general anesthetic, there is a slight risk of injury or death. However, both spaying & neutering are simple operations. Most veterinarians have done this surgery hundreds or thousands of times. Giving birth and being pregnant and roaming and fighting are riskier that this surgery. Spaying & neutering also reduce the chance of some cancer.
Your male dog won't roam as much. Neutered dogs are less likely to escape, and that's a good thing. Dogs who roam can get hit by cars, attacked by other animals, or stolen.
Your dog will be more loving. Now that they aren't driven to find another dog to mate with, many male dogs become more loving and more interested in interacting with people.
Your dog will be less likely to get cancer. Both female and male dogs have less risk of getting cancer in their reproductive organs after they get spayed or neutered.
Your dogs puppies won't be among the five million dogs euthanized each year. This is the best reason to get your dog spayed or neutered. Too many dogs are killed each year simply because they have no home. Even if you find good homes for your puppies, that means other puppies won't have homes. Be part of fixing the problem.
Sorry it was so long!
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