8 Reasons Why You Should Spay Your Dog

Whether you are already a dog owner, or whether you wish to adopt a dog soon, you need to think about spaying your dog.

Spaying is the process of removing the uterus and ovaries of your dog so that she cannot reproduce.  While spaying sounds like a scary process, it actually is a simple process that can be carried out at a vet’s clinic and does not require too much hospitalization.

Spaying offers a number of benefits to your pet and is one of the best things you can do for her. If you need more convincing, here are 8 reasons why you should spay your dog.

1.  Your Dog Will Live Longer

Spaying your dog can help prevent the risk of a uterine infection and even breast, ovarian, and uterine cancer. In dogs, about 50% of all breast cancer cases prove to be fatal, so reducing the chances that your dog gets this form of cancer is one of the best things you can do for your dog.

If you spay your pet before her first-ever heat, you are essentially protecting her from any such disease that she might suffer from later on.

2. Your Spayed Female Won’t Go Into Heat

Typically, a dog will go into heat for a period of roughly 4 to 5 consecutive days about every three weeks. Dogs tend to advertise their need to mate by explicitly making sounds or even urinating all over the house!

As such, if you want to prevent your dog from mating all the time, it is a good idea to get her spayed. The procedure itself won’t take all that long, and you will be saved from the inconvenience of a dog in heat!

3. Your Dog Will Not Wander Off

A female dog in heat might just keep wandering away from your house to find herself a mate. This isn’t ideal because if she wanders too far, she might find herself in situations that could cause her tremendous harm. For example, while crossing the road, she runs the risk of being hit by a car. She could even get into fights with stray dogs, which could leave her with serious and even life-threatening injuries.

4. If You Spay Your Dog, She Is Likely To Behave Well

Typically, if your dog is spayed, she will most likely be able to focus all her attention on her human family. In contrast, a dog that is not spayed may instead focus only on finding a mate and will tend to misbehave often.

As mentioned earlier, a dog that is in heat will urinate all over the floor in your house, just to catch your attention and to let you know that she is in search of a mate. A dog that is not spayed will also display far more aggressive behaviors than a dog that is spayed.

5.     Spaying Won’t Make Your Pet Fat

This is more of a myth, but it deserves to be mentioned. Many dog-owners refuse to spay their pets, thinking that spaying will make them fat. However, spaying has nothing to do with whether or not your pet gains weight.

In fact, your pet will most likely get fat because you are over-feeding her or not taking her for enough walks.

6. Spaying Is Well Worth The Cost

You may be dissuaded from spaying your pet because of the costs involved, but the cost of spaying your pet is actually far less than that of having to care for the litter once she gives birth.

Imagine having to care for four separate puppies rather than just one dog. Spaying effectively neutralizes this possibility, allowing you to give your precious pup your undivided love and care.

7.  Spaying Is a Favor to the Community

By spaying your dog, you will actually be doing a favor to your entire community. Stray animals are a nuisance. They chase children, lead to car accidents, and even harm the local plant life.

By spaying your pet from the start, you will be able to make sure that there are fewer stray, homeless animals on the road. Since stray male dogs are mainly attracted by food and the possibility of mating with a female, removing one of these factors will ensure that there are fewer stray dogs around.

8. Spaying Fights Overpopulation

The problem with dog owners not spaying their pets is that there are hundreds of thousands of homeless pets ending up on the streets as stray dogs. It isn’t fair to expect a dog to become homeless only because you didn’t have the sense to spay your pet. As mentioned earlier, strays tend to flock to an area in search of mates. If your dog mates with these strays, it will eventually lead to an increase in the population of strays in your area.

This is not only inconvenient but also dangerous. Stray dogs tend to be aggressive toward humans and can spread rabies when they bite people.

These are just some of the reasons why you should spay your dog. Remember, a simple procedure that won’t require too much of your money or time can help prevent so many other dogs from leading miserable lives.

So if you are currently a dog owner or if you hope to get a dog someday, do keep in mind these 8 reasons why you should spay your dog.

by Bobby J Davidson || You can’t buy love, but you can rescue it™

Facts About Animal Homelessness:

  1. Only 1 out of every 10 dogs born will find a permanent home.
  2. The main reasons animals are in shelters: owners give them up, or animal control finds them on the street.
  3. Each year, approximately 2.7 million dogs and cats are killed every year because shelters are too full and there aren’t enough adoptive homes. Act as a publicist for your local shelter so pets can find homes. Sign up for Shelter Pet PR.
  4. Approximately 7.6 million companion animals enter animal shelters nationwide every year. Of those, approximately 3.9 million are dogs and 3.4 million are cats.
  5. According to the National Council on Pet Population Study and Policy (NCPPSP), less than 2% of cats and only 15 to 20% of dogs are returned to their owners.
  6. 25% of dogs that enter local shelters are purebred.
  7. About twice as many animals enter shelters as strays compared to the number that are relinquished by their owners.
  8. It’s impossible to determine how many stray dogs and cats live in the United States. Estimates for cats alone range up to 70 million.
  9. Only 10% of the animals received by shelters have been spayed or neutered. Overpopulation, due to owners letting their pets accidentally or intentionally reproduce, sees millions of these “excess” animals killed annually.
  10. Many strays are lost pets that were not kept properly indoors or provided with identification.
  11. According to The Humane Society, there are about 3,500 brick-and-mortar animal shelters in the US and 10,000 rescue groups and animal sanctuaries in North America.

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