Should I spay or neuter my dog?

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  • #71


    Many new puppy owners ask themselves this question. Do you have any advice to share regarding spaying or neutering your new dog?

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  • #196


    That is definitely a personal decision. There are a couple of questions you have to ask yourself when considering spay/neuter options.

    Is the dog healthy enough to have puppies?

    (if a male) Is he healthy, are his parents healthy? He will pass his genes to his puppies.

    Do you want to deal with raising puppies?

    (males) Do you want to worry about your dog trying to find females in heat? They will go to great lengths to breed.

    Can you financially afford to have puppies?

    Will you be able to find all the puppies a good home?

    Do you want all the neighborhood male dogs coming around your house trying to get YOUR dog!? Intact male dogs are much more likely to bite when they know there is a female in heat in the area. That can be a danger you don’t want to deal with.

    (males) If your male gets out and breeds a female, you are partially responsible. If the owner is using the female for AKC breeding, and they find your dog breeding their female, they can sue you for the puppies that your dog fathered. If they have absolute proof (DNA tests etc.) they WILL win the full price they could have sold that puppy for, and then you could be responsible for finding those puppies new homes.

    Studies show that female dogs who are spayed before their first heat are less likely to get breast cancer.

    I recommend (if a large dog) having your dog x-rayed before breeding. Both Males and Females need to be x-rayed. If they show any signs of hip dysplasia, they should not be bred/breed.

    If you are concerned about the cost of spaying/neutering your dog, call your local dog shelter. They often have coupons they can give you to help cover the cost. In my town the cost for a neuter for a 60lb dog is about $65 (without a coupon). For a female of the same size, it’s about $90 (again, without a coupon). If you own a pitbull or pitbull cross, a lot of clinics will spay and neuter for free. Ours pays $5 per pit bull.

    This whole posting is ALL personal opinion. I think that if you are questioning having your dog spayed/neutered, you probably already have your answer. Why add more puppies to a world that already has too many. If you don’t know what it takes to breed your dog, deliver, raise, and sell the puppies, I think you would be happier having your dog spayed. If you don’t want to be responsible for your dogs “fooling around”, and the worry that goes along with your dog running around town to find that dog that’s in heat, I think you would be happier having your dog neutered.

    I think you can tell from the general tone of my e-mail that I believe both owner and dog will be happier if the dog is “fixed.” However, if you know what you are doing, and you are confident in your abilities, keep your dog intact. Just be responsible and you will be just fine. Having puppies can be very rewarding. It’s fun to watch them grow. It’s hard when you can’t find them a home. It’s really hard if they die. If you have a male, it could be a potential way to earn some extra money if your dog has good qualities, is in good health, and is registered.

    Good luck with your decision.

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      Hi clbroadbent. We must live in the same area because our local shelter also pays $5 per pit bull! That’s funny. I agree with most of what you have said.

      My dog is already neutered (because he came from the pound), and I have never had an “intact” male before, so I really don’t know much about this topic other than the things I have heard or read… My mom had a dog that had puppies and she said it was so much fun to watch peoples faces when they picked out their puppy. She said people were so excited (like Christmas for a little child!).

      Here is some information I have found to be interesting. Note: it’s all about being responsible owners and doing what is best for you and your dog.

      This website offers a great article on the spay/neuter discussion. If you are seriously considering what to do, I really think this site will help you understand more about the health risks and benefits of spay/neutering or not. It seems to be unbiased and argues for both sides. It’s all around a good article. Click the link below to go straight to the article.

      • #327

        Brandi Maples

        That’s an outrage! I can’t believe they discriminate against one breed like that. Pits are great dogs, they’ve got a bad rap because of how certain PEOPLE have raised them, not because of aggressive nature. My pit was an amazing dog, had nothing but love for people, and he was great with kids. He was recently hit by a car and had to be put down…And my husky just had a litter of his puppies about a week ago.

        It pisses me off that there’s such breed prejudices when people don’t really know anything about the breed. A friggin’ chihuahua can be a dangerous dog if it’s not raised properly! Pits were the chosen breed for stupid dog fights and things like that because of their natural high pain tolerance, and their loyalty to their owners, and now because of those people they’ve got a horrible reputation. Hate the owner, not the breed! It’s the owner’s fault they behave the way they do.

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          I agree. I think that it is definitely the owner, not necessarily the breed that causes the problem.

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