Is Spaying Or Neutering Good For Your Pet?
August 15, 2017
Pet owners are often encouraged to spay or neuter the dogs they own. This idea is often beneficial, not only for owners and their pet but for the society as well. When your dog is sterilized, you help prevent the population of such animals from going beyond control. It also helps control the aggressive behavior of many dogs.
What it involves?
Many dog owners are concerned about the well being of their pet and whether such a process will hurt or affect their pet’s natural instincts. However, the process followed in spaying or neutering usually is a harmless one that does not affect your pet. It also will not affect their overall health after the procedure is done. Vets first anesthetize the animals by removing their reproductive organs or testicles. This prevents any bleeding from occurring. The procedure is a simple one and so is the healing process. Pet owners are usually advised certain after care measures to take up after their pet undergoes the neutering process.
How is your pet’s health affected?
Contrary to the concerns that pet owners often voice about spaying or neutering their pet animal, such a surgical procedure is beneficial for animals. It helps to increase the lifespan of a dog as well as reducing the risk of them contracting reproductive cancer like testicular or cervical cancer. It also helps the owner of the dog as such animals are easier to control. They showcase less behavioral problems like aggression, roaming, defecation or urination that is inappropriate. Pet owners who have experienced dogs in heat have undergone several erratic behavior patterns such as marking their territory with urine or pungent hormones, attracting male followers and others. I had a friend that had a pit bull that used to spray everywhere and after having Bruno neutered, it completely stopped this behavior. Animals that are sterilized usually are better behaved, comfortable around children and easy to handle as well.
You might live in an area where dogs need to be altered as per community norms. Such communities also have free programs for spaying or neutering pets for the members. Some places make it mandatory as pet licenses are issued on such norms being followed. Pets that are not neutered might not be welcome in boarding facilities as well as in dog parks. Socially you might find it difficult to get your pet to behave around visitors if they are not spayed or neutered.
For the above reasons, it makes sense to get your pet dog neutered as soon as the vet advises. Unless you are a dog breeder, you do not want your dog harassing other pet dogs in your community or area or showcasing erratic behavior. Also, with the increasing population of animals in societies which often end up in shelters which have less space to accommodate stray animals, it is necessary that pet owners take up such responsibility.