There are many reasons to spay / neuter your dog. The health benefits alone are a good reason to do so. Beyond that, behavoral problems related to "in season: dogs" are eliminated. Another huge consideration is unwanted litters of puppies which just add to the already overburdened shelter system.
There is a growing body of evidence which strongly suggests spaying or neutering too early can be very harmful in the long run. See the video below for more information.
This article is courtesy of DogTime.com.
Spaying or neutering is GOOD for your dog
- Spaying and neutering helps your dog live a longer, healthier life.
- Spaying and neutering reduces, or can eliminate, a number of health problems that are difficult and/or expensive to treat.
- Spaying greatly reduces the chance of mammary cancer, especially if your dog is spayed before her first estrous cycle, and also eliminates the possibility of uterine or ovarian cancer.
- Neutering will decrease the possibility of prostate disease and eliminates testicular cancer.
Spaying and neutering offers benefits for you too
- Spaying and neutering makes your dog a better, more affectionate companion.
- Neutering dogs makes them less likely to spray and mark territory.
- Spaying a dog eliminates her heat cycle, which lasts an average of six to 12 days, twice a year. Females in heat can get blood on your furniture, exhibit nervous behavior, and attract unwanted male dogs to your home.
- Dogs that are not sterilized often have more behavior and temperament problems than dogs that have been spayed or neutered.
- Spaying and neutering can make dogs friendlier, less likely to bite.
- Neutering makes dogs less likely to wander to look for females or get into fights.
Spaying and neutering are good for your community
- Communities spend millions of dollars to control unwanted dogs.
- Irresponsible breeding is the root cause of most vicious dog bites and attacks.
- Animal shelters around the country are overburdened with surplus dogs.
- Stray and homeless dogs get into trash containers, urinate and defecate on private lawns and/or public property, and frighten or anger people who do not understand their misery or needs.
- Some stray dogs scare away or kill wildlife and birds.
The one time cost of spaying / neutering your dog is low when you consider the life long benefits. Their is nothing inhumane or cruel about it. In fact the opposite is true. You'll have a healthier happier dog and reduce the risk of them gtting certain diseases that are common to unnuetered dogs.
You'll also be doing your part to control the gross overpopulation of unwanted dogs in this country. Evert tear thousands of dogs are euthanized because nobody wants them. Bringing more and more puppies into this world with no future of having a home is inhumane and cruel.
If you decide against this, for whatever reason, it is your responsibility to find homes for the puppies of any unplanned litters.
Please talk to your vet about it and make the right decision for your dog.