Should I Spay Or Neuter my Pet?
Choosing to spay or neuter your pet is not as easy as deciding on home improvement projects or choosing paint colors for walls, as such making this decision can be tough. However, it is recommended by several organizations and pet associations that yes, you most certainly should. Having your pet spayed or neutered means that your pet will not be able to breed. If you do want your pure bred dog to mate and have puppies, then hold off on the spaying or neutering. If you don't, however, then don't risk it. Accidents happen, especially in dogs and cats.
To Spay or Not to Spay
Essentially, there is only one reason why you shouldn't have your pet spayed or neutered and that is if you want them to breed. However, as soon as they have their last litter, then it's time to go in for the operation. Dogs and cats can have 1 to 15 animals at once which means a lot of mouths to feed and a lot of poo to clean up. Be prepared to handle this. Even if you are planning on selling the pups, you will need to keep them with you for at least eight weeks as they need their mother's milk when they are still babies.
Because you are too lazy, because the operation is too expensive or because you don't want your dog to lose it's 'balls' or personality are not valid reasons for going without this essential and responsible operation. Contrary to popular belief, having your pet spayed or neutered will not change them. They will still have the same personality and they should still have the same energy levels. However, during the time of heat, they will be easier to control.
What to Expect From Neutering
The best time to have your pet spayed or neutered is when they are little. This may seem cruel but it is something that needs to be done. If you are buying your pet from a pound or SPCA, then they usually do the operation before they give you the animal. Or, if the pet is too young, then they will schedule the operation for a few weeks later.
The spaying or neutering process is relatively simple. Your pet will need to have an operation in which he will probably be put to sleep. He will then have stitches that may need to come out or may dissolve on their own. Either way, he will be sore in that area for at least one week so let him take it easy during this time.
Another plus to having your pet spayed or neutered is that is eliminates one of the biggest risks for cancer in pets. Testicle and ovarian cancer are quite high in pets. Eliminating these goods means you are eliminating the risks of your pet contacting this often fatal disease. And don't worry, your pet won't miss his balls, even if you think he does.
While the decision to have your pet spayed or neutered is entirely up to you, this is something that a responsible pet owner will say yes to. The population of unwanted cats and dogs is already too high. While you may think your dog wants to become a mother one day, they will most likely not miss the experience and you can feel good knowing that you are doing the responsible thing. If you do decide you want another dog or cat one day, you don't have to breed one to get one. Pick up another pet from the pound and do your part to help with the overpopulation problem, not contribute to it.