What are the
benefits of spaying and neutering to the dogs that have to undergo the
procedure? Neutered male dogs experience lower rates in prostate
disease and tumors of their genitals. They are less eager to roam and
are less aggressive. Did you know that the majority of dog bites are by
intact males? Neutered males are less frustrated and make better family
companions. Spayed female dogs do not undergo the stresses of the heat
cycle and labor. They will not have to worry about cancer and/or tumors
of their reproductive organs as those organs have been removed.
Neutered and spayed dogs are freed from the urge to reproduce and thus
make more relaxed, easier to train companions.
You may hear
someone say, “I only want one litter, and then I will fix my dogs.”
Well, there are anywhere from 5-8 puppies in a pit bull litter. And
what if the people who adopt each of those dogs only want one litter?
As you can see, in no time at all, there would be a lot of dogs that
would need homes. This is a big problem. The shelters and private
rescues are already filled with dogs that need loving homes. How can we
deal with more?
think that fixing their dogs will make them lazy and overweight. Too
much food and not enough exercise lead to overweight dogs, not spaying
and neutering. In fact, a fixed dog is generally a healthier dog! As
long as you feed your dog the appropriate amount of food and take your
dog for regular walks and exercise, there is no reason to think that
your fixed dog will be fat or lazy.
For more information, take a
look at these sites:
“Neuter & Spay: Make the
Appointment Today,” by Sanya Dunn
and Neuter Benefits,” by Pawprints and Purrs, Inc.
Bartholomew County, Indiana
Animal Control Web Site