The truth is that desexed dogs are better pets. And though we’re heading in the right direction, the problem of euthanasia continues. Be a part of the solution. Desex your pet!
Pet overpopulation and euthanasia are a continuing problem.
Desexing your dog is an important part of responsible pet ownership. Undesexed male dogs that are not able to mate experience frustration, which can lead to aggression. Undesexed female dogs attract unwanted attention every six months.
Desexing dogs and cats has been hailed as the most effective method for pet population control. You can help save lives by spaying and neutering your pet. If pets can’t breed, they don’t produce puppies that end up in animal shelters to be adopted or euthanized. Currently, over 56% of dogs and approximately 75% of cats entering shelters are put to sleep.
The perpetuation of myths about desexing and the high cost cause many people to avoid the procedures, but the fact is sterilization makes your dog a better behaved, healthier pet and will save you money in the long run.
Myth #1: A dog will feel like less of a “man” or “woman” after being desexed.
This myth stems from the human imposing their own feelings of loss on the animal. In fact, your dog will simply have one less need to fulfill. A dog’s basic personality is formed more by environment and genetics than by sex hormones, so desexing will not change your dog’s basic personality, make your dog sluggish or affect its natural instinct to protect the pack. But it will give you a better behaved pet.
Myth #2: Desexing will cause weight gain.
Dogs do not get fat simply by being desexed. Just like humans, dogs gain weight if they eat too much and exercise too little or if they are genetically programmed to be overweight. The weight gain that people may witness after desexing is most likely caused by continuing to feed a high energy diet to a dog that is reducing its need for energy as it reaches adult size.
Myth #3: Dogs will mourn the loss of their reproductive capabilities.
Not true. Dogs reproduce solely to ensure the survival of their species. Female dogs nurse for a few weeks, teach the puppies rules, boundaries, and limitations and send them off to join the pack. Male dogs are not “fathers” in the human sense of the word; they do not even recognize puppies as their own.
Myth #4: Desexing is expensive.
Today there are enough low cost and free desexing programs that this can no longer be an excuse! Even if these programs are not available in your area, the emotional distress and money spent on medical treatments you will save down the line makes it an investment that will be worth every penny.
Desexing reduces the risk of incidence of a number of health problems that are difficult and expensive to treat. In females, it eliminates the possibility of developing uterine or ovarian cancer and greatly reduces the chance of breast cancer. Also, some females experience false pregnancies and uterine infections that can be fatal. Prostate cancer risk is greatly reduced in males. By sterilizing your pet, your dog will live a healthier and longer life.
Benefits of Desexing
* Reduced risk of getting cancer or other diseases of the reproductive organs, such as testicular cancer, prostate cancer/disorders in males, and cystic ovaries, ovarian tumors, acute uterine infections and breast cancer in females, and also other diseases like mammary cancer, perianal tumors and perianal hamias.
* Females can suffer from physical and nutritional exhaustion if continually breeding.
* Pets generally live longer and healthier lives.
* Pets are less prone to wander, fight, and are less likely to get lost or injured.
* Reduces territorial behaviour such as spraying indoors.
* Less likely to suffer from anti-social behaviors. They become more affectionate and become better companions.
* Eliminates "heat" cycles in female cats and their efforts to get outside in search for a mate.
* Eliminates male dogs' urge to "mount" people's legs.
* Reduces the cost to the community of having to care for unwanted puppies and kittens in pounds and shelters.
* No additional food or vet bills for the offspring.
* No need to find homes for unwanted or unexpected litters of puppies or kittens.
* Save money from expensive surgeries from car accidents or fights, which are less likely to occur if your pet doesn't roam around.
* Dumping puppies and kittens is an ethical cost, as well as being illegal and inhumane.
* The price of desexing is more affordable to those om financial need with the assistance of organizations such as National Desexing Network (NDN).
In the 2008-2009 financial year the RSPCA received 66,205 cats, of which 39,495 (59.7%) were
euthanased, and 69,383 dogs, of which 22,085 (31.8%) were euthanased.
Useful Links - Click Below
Early-age Desexing of Dogs and Cats Research Report by RSPCA
Australian Rescue & Rehoming Resource - Cheap Desexing
National Desexing Network (NDN)
Pediatric Spay/Neuter Veterinary Journal Summaries
Deseing of Puppies - Summary of Breeder & Vet Staff