Pet overpopulation is literally and figuratively a huge problem in the United States. Millions of adoptable pets are put down each year, and millions more flood animal shelters or live on the streets. Many of these animals are offspring of family pets that were unable to find homes.
Neutering or spaying your dog is the best action a responsible owner can take to help stray and homeless pets. Here’s why:
Unneutered/Unspayed Dogs Can And Will Breed Strays
As irresponsible as it is, unspayed and unneutered dogs are allowed to roam neighborhoods and end up breeding with one another. If unchecked, a female can have multiple litters in a year. averaging seven puppies per litter. Sometimes a family can find good homes for these cute pups, but oftentimes they end up in a shelter or become strays.
Going to a shelter doesn’t guarantee adoption. Dogs can wait for years, and never find a home. Austin’s shelters are no-kill facilities, which raises adoption numbers overall. However, these facilities are more and more crowded with dogs that are harder to adopt. These "unadoptable" dogs are held back by simple issues like:
- Medical conditions
- Any level of agression
- Black fur
One of the best things you can do for these sheltered animals is spaying and neutering your dogs. You might keep new puppies from being sent to a shelter, and you increase the likelihood of these less-wanted pets finding a loving home through adoption.
Proper Preparation Makes The Benefits Of Spaying and Neutering Outweigh The Risks
A well-performed operation can add years to your dog’s life. Spaying and Neutering have a long list of benefits including:
- Reducing the chances of uterine and prostate cancer
- Preventing serious complications arising from false or genuine pregnancy
- Reducing the mortality of infections like pyometra
Unfortunately, spaying or neutering your dog does have risks. Vets now know that dogs shouldn’t be spayed or neutered before they’ve had enough time to mature and develop. Improper spaying can put dogs at risk for urinary incontinence, cruciate ligament disease, and Osteosarcoma.
It is vital that your dog is evaluated by a vet before operation. My labrador became incontinent because she was spayed at the wrong time. For the rest of her life she needed medication. Preparation and consultation are key to prevent avoidable complications of spaying and neutering.
Affordable Spay And Neuter Clinics Are Available
Emancipet is the best place to go for low cost spay/neuter services in the Austin area, plus they have recently joined with Animal Trustees of Austin as well. They are both low-cost spay/neuter clinics that have helped millions of animals get vaccinations, tests, and preventative operations. They are simply the best place to go if cost is an issue.
If availiability of your vet or their distance from your home is a problem, there are also mobile clinics you can visit. While your dog is under anesthesia, I’d recommend microchipping your dog to avoid another procedure down the road.
Worried About Appearances After Neutering?
I’ve seen a lot of hesitation towards neutering because the operation involves removing visible parts. Some owners feel it’s emasculating for their dog. Fortunately, dogs have no concept of "manliness" and will barely notice that they’re gone. For those still worried, there’s a solution called neuticles. It’s a prosthetic implant that will fool any inspection.
Appearances are important, but so is neutering. Dogs often go stray in search of a mate, and over 80% of dogs hit by cars are unneutered males. With neucticles, you don’t have to compromise between safety and appearance.
Improper Or Irresponsible Breeding Is Part Of The Problem: Rescue A Dog Instead!
I want to first say that we’re not against breeding, but we are against breeding for the wrong reasons. In the United States, over fifty percent of breeders conform to dog show standards or try to make profitable "designer" breeds. I found my chiweenie Noodle for free, but it’s not uncommon to see "custom mutts" like his go for hundreds or even thousands of dollars.
Breeders often breed the same dog repeatedly if it is proftiable or has desirable traits. This disregards whether the particular blood line has behavioral or health problems. All of those problems can be passed on to future litters, because they’re genetic traits.
Prospective owners aren’t usually aware of the types of disorders or ailments that plague purebreds. These disorders include serious conditions such as:
All of these are huge risks for purebred dogs, because many don’t have a healthy genetic variation.
We recommend getting a mixed breed dog. Mixed breed dogs benefit from a wide genetic background that makes them far less likely to have genetic disorders than purebreds. They are also readily available at shelters and adoption centers and need good homes with loving owners.
The Answer is Yes, You Need to Spay/Neuter Your Dog.
The biggest problem for us are the dogs we see killed on the street. For one reason or another, too many dogs end up alone on the streets, and then die from car accidents, sickness, or neglect. As a part of our conviction, DogBoy’s became an all-spayed/neutered facility over fifteen years ago and we’ve never looked back.
If you have more questions or concerns about neutering/spaying then contact us today. DogBoy’s is committed to your dog’s health, safety, and well-being.
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