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In Animal Health, Animals and Pets, Bulldog Health, bulldogs, Dog Parks, Non-profit Charities, Popular Music, Spay and Neuter Assistance Project, Thats' Life, Veterinary Medicine on February 25, 2010 at 12:25 PM


It’s temporarily closed now. That’s one reason I stopped hanging at the dog park. But I was becoming disenchanted and I got tired of being peed and aggressed upon by dogs with hanging chads– Those poor guys whose nice, but inconsiderate, thoughtless People don’t think enough of them, their health or their quality of life to have their males neutered and their females spayed.

It’s stunning. So many otherwise reasonable, intelligent, successful, nice People don’t think it’s necessary to spay or neuter the dogs they profess to love.

Spaying (ovario-hysterectomy) is the surgical removal of the reproductive organs (ovaries, uterus, fallopian tubes) of the female animal. Neutering (orchectomy or castration) is the surgical removal of the reproductive glands (testes) of the male animal. The outer is left, only the testes are removed. Appearance depends upon the dog’s age at the time of the surgery.

According to the Humane Society of America, more than 3 million cats and dogs are euthanized in shelters. Most of us like to think these are animals born in the streets or there is something “wrong” with them. But more often than not, these unwanted puppies and kittens are the offspring of cherished family pets, even purebreds.

How many times have you come across people (people usually accompanied by their minor children, I might add) perched outside the mall or at PetSmart, or at a yard sale or flea market with a cardboard box full of “cute”, “adorable” puppies. You walk away, after all, you already have a pet. But what happens to these animals when their well-intentioned, reasonable, intelligent, successful, nice, nice People are not able to give them all away?

Spaying or neutering your pet means that your animal and its potential offspring won’t contribute to the population of unwanted pets. But this is not an especially effective argument to the mostly men (together with their enabling wives/partners) I’ve met at the dog park or at meetups who selfishly choose to keep’em hanging.

“No, not my boy,” his PerSon always says.  The “boy” is now three years old but PerSon’s still thinking maybe one day he’s going to breed him.  In the meantime Scooter is toting a massive, heavy, really black, really uncomfortable looking set.

“Now that’s a dog!” But what’s really happening?

Left un-neutered, your dog may need to roam to look for a mate. They will scent-mark on furniture or worse, on other dogs in social or public situations. They will aggress upon the young and the small, dominate them by attempting to hump them.  The humping behavior may become chronic. Your dog will do it all the time and on anything.  After a while, even you may notice (and maybe even care) how frustrating and uncomfortable this whole thing is for big boy Scooter.

Caring for the reproductive health of your animals reduces their risk of contracting contagious diseases. In males, neutering decreases the chances of developing prostatic disease and hernias, and eliminates the chances of developing testicular cancer.

It also reduces problems with territorial and sexual aggression, inappropriate urination and other undesirable male behaviors. Scooter will embarrass you less and get into fewer fights.  Maybe you’ll even make more friends at the dog park instead of alienating people who are only trying to enjoy their dog at the park, not potentially get them injured. Or peed on. Or humped when all I’m tryin’ to do is have a little bit’a fun up in here.

Spay or neuter surgery carries a one-time cost that is relatively small when you consider the benefits. It’s a small price to pay to make sure your pet’s offspring aren’t euthanized.

For pets living in homes with limited income, reduced cost procedures may be available. Humane societies work with SNAP| The Spay and Neuter Assistance Projectveterinarians to offer subsidized and affordable spay and neuter services in veterinarians offices, in specialized clinics and even in customized mobile units that bring safe, effective spaying and neutering services into neighborhoods. SNAP, the Spay and Neuter Assistance Project offers just such a service.  There is no excuse not to neuter Scooter.

The simple fact is spaying and neutering greatly increases Scooter’s lifespan and increases his quality of  life as well! The down side is if you plan on showing him then you can’t have him altered or he will not be eligible for Huh?showing. Unless you have a show quality dog or one with traits especially unique to the breed (and let’s get real here, YOU DON’T!), do the right thing: spay and/or neuter your pet.

It’s National Spay/Neuter Month!

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  1. One comment to add…if you think you have a show quality dog & plan on showing her let your BREEDER make that decision…oh you don’t have a breeder? Then don’t show the dog! Ethical breeders will decide for you if you have a show quality dog or not. They should be the expert, not your neighbor who thinks your dog is so cute & you should show her. Do the dogs a favor & fix them. They’ll be happier for it!

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