Pet Tip Tuesday- Spay and Neutering

Megan Okes joins us with our Pet Tip Tuesday on Spaying and Neutering.
More information below the video.






MYTH

TRUTH

Spaying or neutering will change my pet’s personality


Will not affect the overall type of pet. If you have a happy, outgoing pet before surgery they will remain so. If you have a quiet, shy pet that will be the same.

Male dog will not be a good hunter or guard dog after a neuter

We can see some decrease in overall aggression if neutered at an early age. Does not change the instinct of hunting and defending territory.

Decrease roaming, dog fights, marking

She will be a better dog after just 1 litter

This is more a factor of age and handling.

More time and attention given to younger dogs will make them better pets. NOT hormone related.

S/He will get fat

This CAN happen if we feed too much. Decreased need for calories with age and no hormone production (which uses up extra calories).


My friends want puppies/kittens

We have a HUGE pet overpopulation of “wanted” litters. Decrease risk of cancerous mammary tumors, benign mammary tumors. NO ovarian or uterine tumors or infections. Earlier is better. Decrease risk of cancerous mammary tumors, benign mammary tumors. NO ovarian or uterine tumors or infections. Earlier is better.


Health Benefits:

  • Increased life span: Especially males due to decreased roaming


  • MALES:

Dramatically decreased risk or prostate tumors/abcesses

NO testicular tumors


  • FEMALES:

Decrease risk of cancerous mammary tumors to nearly ZERO if spayed before 1st heat cycle.

Decreased number of benign mammary tumors in spayed females

NO ovarian or uterine tumors or infections.