Should I Spay Or Neuter My Dog?
When it comes to dog health and the most reliable dog information available today the best answer to “should I spay or neuter my dog”, rests within your understanding of the canine and the world we both share.
There has been a lot of controversy over fixing pets in the past few years and with both sides having strong arguments it is likely to continue for years to come.
Many dog owners consider spay and neuter requirements to be an infringement of their rights. Some owners think that sterilization is cruel. Others complain that the cost of surgery is too high. Many believe that the health of the canine will be at risk.
All these are legitimate concerns and we as dog owners need to take them seriously. There are certainly health risks associated with spay and neutering. However with a little education you may find the benefits out way the risks in most cases.
At the other end of the spectrum there are very extreme views that oppose all pet breeding. Their view is that breeders are puppy mills and just add to the over population of homeless animals.
To the best of our knowledge somewhere around 2 to 3 million dogs are put to sleep in the United States each year and the far majority of these dogs are homeless. So yes there is an overpopulation of unwanted dogs and every dog owner needs to do their part, get involved to end this problem.
We do not advocate the extreme view that no dog should be bred, or that the government create laws making responsible dog breeding all but impossible. We believe this will open the door to even worse problems for the canine.
Our belief is that everyone should have their dogs spayed or neutered if they are not a responsible, dog breeder. A responsible dog breeder dedicates their life to the dog breed of choice, normally just one breed. They devote many years educating themselves and others about the breed. Professional breeders work hard to eradicate defects within the breed, they do not breed sick or problem dogs. A good breeder will always interview potential owners and only release pups to good homes. A responsible breeder will always take back any dog that, for whatever reason is no longer wanted. Most even adopt unwanted dogs because they care so deeply about dogs in general.
So should you spay or neuter your dog? For us the answer is clearly yes, unless you want to devote your life to the entire dog breed and take on the responsibilities required. If you are or are thinking of becoming a dog owner please take the time to educate yourself and get involved. We share more, a lot more dog information and dog health facts on our website. With a little love, education and interaction we can make this world a better place for our canine companions.
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