• Why Spay / Neuter?
There are several reasons to Spay your female or Neuter your male dog:
1) The long term health of the dog (male or female).
Unneutered male dogs are at risk of testicular cancer. A female dog that is spayed before 6 months of age is less likely to get mammary tumors, ovarian and uterine cancers, as well as unwanted pregnancies.
2) The large number of dogs sitting in shelters warrants responsible pet ownership
for the numbers of adoptable dogs currently available - and this is just the tip of the iceberg, as many shelters are not Internet capable and not all unwanted pets are adoptable.
3) Spayed and Neutered dogs make better pets from a behavioral standpoint.
Unsterilized dogs often exhibit more behavior and temperament problems than do those who have been spayed or neutered. A female in heat attracts all sorts of undesirable attention from intact males, and because of close contact with your female, you too will become an object of desire. Intact males may mount and mark their territory. An intact male will be prone to wandering any time a female in heat is nearby. Both sexes are at risk of serious injury caused by their or other dogs advances. Unwanted suitors have seriously injured females, and males have been known to inflict serious damage to each other over a female in heat. Not to mention the risk of crossing busy roadways to get to their "intended".
• Juvenile Spay & Neuter - What is it?
Where the pet puppy is spayed / neutered before reaching puberty (before 6 months). Your breeder may require you to sign a Spay/Neuter Contract stating that you agree to have your puppy desexed before 6 months of age.
• Early Spay & Neuter - What is it?
Early Spay & Neuter, also called Pediatric Spay/Neuter, is where the pet puppy is spayed / neutered between 6 to 8 weeks of age.
• Early Spay & Neuter - A buyer's perspective
If your puppy comes from the breeder already spayed / neutered, it saves you the expense and worry of having to do the procedure later. The expense of Juvenile Spay / Neuter can be anywhere in the $150 - $500 range (check with your Vet).
Although there are risks with all medical procedures, complications from Early and Juvenile Spay / Neuter are relatively low. Young healthy puppies require fewer stitches and heal quickly.
• Additional Reading
There are many well written articles by experts on the subject of Spay & Neuter and especially Early Spay & Neuter, see :
written by Jan, 2005
The information contained on this site is in no way intended to replace that of proper veterinary advice, diagnosis or treatment.
It is meant to provide resource, so that we can better understand canine health related issues.