|Barked: Mon Oct 8, '12 5:39pm PST |
|Wow, I don't even know where to start.
A sexually frustrated critter is not a happy camper...let's be real here, if they have no partner what are they supposed to do? You can only lick yourself for so long.
That's called anthropomorphizing, and it's just as ridiculous here as when men don't want to neuter their dog because of misplaced empathy. There's zero evidence whatsoever to suggest intact dogs live in a constant state of "sexual frustration." In fact, considering that dogs are not believed to be self-aware, it's not likely they are even capable of being "sexually frustrated" without a direct trigger (such as being in heat, or an intact male being around an in-heat female).
And on top of that, your "logic" would dictate that single men ought to be "neutered" to put them out of their misery.
I'm neither miserable nor sexually frustrated, thank you very much. Please think before you type. There are a lot of single people on this planet who are quite happy the way they are, and I'm among them.
Boys both dogs and cats before they are neutered feel compelled to mark territory with pee that almost can't be washed out.
This is only a problem indoors, and while I've never kept intact cats, my intact dog hasn't had any compulsions to mark indoors. He marked once when he was about 10 months old on a very unusual scent, never has happened again, not even with any other unusual scents. Wasn't any issue to wash out, either.
I do know some cat owners who do have intact males and claim they've never had any issues with spraying. That's not a risk I'm willing to take with mine, but to be honest, I'm a dog person and lot more invested in my dog anyway.
They also are more prone to fighting.
This needs qualified. I'd agree that two intact males are going to be a lot more likely to fight over an in-heat female, but neither do I think it's very intelligent to stick two neutered males in the same room with an in-heat female nearby.
As far as same-sex aggression, it's occasionally curbed or cured by spaying/neutering - but then you also have to take into account the owners whose dogs become dog-aggressive after being altered.
With girls they get equally frustrated and are MISERABLE when they are in heat.
I personally know several Dogsters here who claim their intact females are not distressed during their heats. I know one who even has trouble discerning when her female comes into heat because the behavioral changes are almost impossible to discern, and she is very, very clean about it.
Dogs get periods too, whatta mess.
No, they don't. The human menstrual cycle isn't even remotely analogous to a dog's estrous cycle. They are not the same biological mechanism. You really ought to know something like that if you're going to be advising people on a major health-related decision like this.
And the "mess" is a dog-to-dog thing. Some females keep themselves very clean on their own. Others need help containing the "mess."
And regardless, I'd rather clean up blood than poop/urine, which I did plenty of while house-training my dog. And I still have to clean up puke from time to time. And then there's the mud/dirt tracked in the house, too.
Dogs are often messy creatures. I'm mystified as to why this facet of a normal female dog's biology is somehow elevated to a far more terrible level than the rest. If you can't handle a bit of blood because it's too "messy" I'd question how you're able to handle all the other messes that come with dog ownership.
If you just don't want to that's another thing entirely, but you're acting like this is some sort of horrifying thing that's so terrible that nobody can deal with it. Give me blood over puke or feces any day. My cat still gets diarrhea from time to time, and it's really a struggle to not wind up needing to clean up my own puke after cleaning that up.
Really...spaying and neutering at 4-6 months old is in the best interest of all concerned.
Except any large breed dog (and I'm sorry, but that's not refutable - this has been evidenced in veterinary literature for at least the past decade). I would even go so far as to say that it's likely not terribly healthy for a medium-sized breed either (at least when you're looking at a group, an individual may be fine). Smaller breeds mature fast enough that 6 months isn't likely to have much of a negative impact.
And I'll ask you to speak only for yourself and not attempt to tell me what is in my own best interest. I think I'm more than capable of figuring that out on my own.
Edited by author Mon Oct 8, '12 5:42pm PST
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