Top 7 Reasons to Spay or Neuter your Puppy?
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To Spay or Neuter your pup will be a completely personal decision, not something you let others determine for you, but there are very specific advantages to this procedure if you’re not wanting the pitter patter of tiny paws, of which we will discuss soon.
Every dog must have his day.” – Jonathan Swift (author, Gulliver’s Travels)
When we brought Ralphie J home from Royoni Kennels -so wanted-so loved-and-so waited for (eighteen months), all we could think about was joining him with our Blue Roan, and having puppies.
We had been adamant that Gemima and Ralph not be related for this particular purpose, and no matter whose idea it had been to let the newly-weds procreate (doesn’t matter), we decided not to have them fixed.
Looking back, what did we know?
We most definitely had puppies-in-our-eyes, a direct result of our love over-load for this beautiful pair of Cockers.
When Ralphie was about 6months old it started, and if you’ve never experienced the domestic breeding process, it is definitely a mixture of both entertainment, frustration, and not surprisingly… messy… very very messy!
Gemima was the culprit, her hormones getting the better of her – she was relentless with her little boy- pup.
Ralphie on the other hand was rather perplexed and unfortunately not quite big enough to do the deed (and I am not referring to his dog-hood).
In time, we all saw the humour in this – for what he really did need was a few extra inches… maybe a box to stand on was one suggestion.
Safe to say, the first round (about three weeks of relentless activity) was a deflating -negative.
And so we waited… while Ralph recovered.
Like clockwork, six months later it was on again and to cut a long story short, we asked our Vet to intervene.
Giving Ralphie a helping hand (not what you’re thinking), had never been on the agenda, but the whole experience was becoming quite disturbing.
As Gemima came into season for the third time we decided that nature was certainly not going to plan, and that our little man just wasn’t going to cut it.
Could have been something to do with the fact that he only had one nut… but who’s to say:(
Anyway, if you’re not up for puppies – that’s a good reason to have your puppy spayed or neutered.
And, it’s a lot less messy.
After you have named your puppy (and made absolutely certain that Daisy isn’t actually a Donald), gotten your potty training in-hand, spent a few hours at puppy school, and come to terms that a puppacino doesn’t actually contain caffeine, nor come with a donut…
It’s time to schedule an appointment to spay or neuter your pet.
Dogs are our link to paradise. They don’t know evil or jealousy or discontent. To sit with a dog on a hillside on a glorious afternoon is to be back in Eden, where doing nothing was not boring — it was peace.” – Milan Kundera
Even if your dog is not yet old enough for the surgery (most veterinarians recommend sterilisation at 6 months of age), every owner should make the appointment in advance so as not to continually procrastinate this important procedure.
So why is spaying or neutering so important?
Here’s Underwater Dogs Top 7 Reasons discussed below.
1. No Puppies!
Caring for one puppy is hard enough; now, imagine caring for 6 – 8 puppies in addition to your own.
Female dogs can become pregnant as early as 3 – 4 months of age, while males can impregnate a female dog at 6 months of age.
Unless you want your pup to wind up on MTV’s newest installment of Teen Mom, spaying or neutering as soon as possible is recommended.
2. Less Aggressive Behavior
Male dogs that are not neutered naturally have more testosterone in their systems, which can lead to increased aggression towards other intact males.
To keep your dog from being the aggressor (or even from being picked on by intact bullies), neutering is recommended.
3. Access to More Dog-Friendly Places
Many dog friendly areas such as dog parks and daycare facilities require that dogs be neutered in order to avoid scuffles between males, or to keep them from making unwelcome advances towards the females.
Unless you prefer your favorite facility to turn into a doggy speed dating service, make sure your pup is neutered.
4. Fewer Escape Attempts
If your dog is a Casanova, chances are he has a tendency to escape when he senses a potential mate nearby.
If grounding your pup isn’t enough to keep him from sneaking out at night, neutering is the best option. If your pup is a female, don’t expect her to sit at home waiting for gentlemen callers.
When she is in heat, she’s just likely as to try and escape the yard in search of a mate!
5. Fewer Messes
Male dogs are more likely to mark their territory inside and outside the house if they are not neutered.
According to the Humane Society, neutering a male dog as soon as possible is the best way to prevent this bad habit from developing.
For female dogs, the twice-yearly heat cycle results in a bloody discharge that requires either frequent cleaning or for her to wear a specially designed female diaper.
If cleaning these types of messes does not sound appealing, spaying or neutering your pet is the best option!
6. Better Health
The complete removal of reproductive organs from your dog eliminates or drastically reduces the chance of disease in your pet.
For male dogs, castration ensures the risk of testicular cancer is eliminated, as well as reducing the chance of an enlarged prostate or perianal tumors.
For a female, spaying before her first heat eliminates the risk of breast cancer, uterine cancer, and uterine infections.
7. Fewer Animals in Shelters
Finally, one of the best reasons to spay or neuter your puppy is that it completely eliminates the chance that your pet will produce dogs that may someday wind up in an animal shelter.
One scary statistic:
Within a dog’s lifetime, a female and her puppies can produce up to 67,000 dogs. If you can’t imagine dealing with one puppy, imagine 67,000 with your dog’s stubborn genes!
Ultimately, spaying or neutering your puppy not only eliminates unwanted behavior and messes, but reduces the risk of disease and ensures that your pet does not contribute to the overpopulation problem.
Even though your dog is undoubtedly the cutest and smartest puppy in the world, the chances of him or her finding a suitable mate that the pet parents approve of are slim.
And, what if your pup isn’t the best in the world (yet)?
Pup-Update – Ten Months
“Meet Drooly! Now come on – every little Cocker has to have a go-to guy, and this little fluffy fella was it. Right from the start in fact. Slept with, snuggled with, eat with, played with, chewed, licked, buried and dragged within an inch of its little fabric self. In fact, if I’d had the fore-thought to buy two Drooly’s at the time, I think it would have made very good sense. Cannot imagine the day when Drooly is no more and Jerry plunges into the depths of despair, for he is just so connected to this soft toy-creature, that I think sometimes there is more comfort sought from Drooly than there is from us. Do your puppies have a favourite soft-toy, buddy, bro, BFF? So cute huh! OMG, I am such a crazy puppy lady… AND loving it.
Ash Sukhwani a.k.a. Mother of Jerry
Jerry – Born ‘Royoni Naughty-on-Arrival’ June 17, 2017
Follow Jerry’s adventures on Instagram @jerrythecockerspan
Once your puppy has his mojo back, it’s time to learn how to introduce your puppy to new animals. After all, he may not be an only-child.
Watch this space – Chapter Fifteen – Coming Soon
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