Pet overpopulation is real! If you’re not a breeder, there’s no reason to have an intact dog, and in fact, it is healthier for the dog to be spayed or neutered. If you can’t afford it, watch online forums for free or low cost clinics in your area, or ask at your local shelter where you can have it done.
I’d always been told to spay or neuter my animals before they were six months old. It was supposed to prevent mammary cancers and keep male dogs calm. So, I took Rosie to the vet this week and asked to get her on the schedule to be done within the next two months, as she is currently four months old.
Interestingly, the vet told me they are now not so sure about the link between mammary cancers and early spay/neuter. The thinking now is that early castration delays closure of the growth plates in the dogs’ joints, causing dogs to have longer limbs, narrower bodies, and lighter-weight bones. The delay in growth plate closure can lead to the development of hip dysplasia and knee problems. Continue reading Saturday Survey: When Should You Spay or Neuter Your Dog→
Aside from the massive problem of pet overpopulation in the US, there are many good reasons to spay or neuter your pet. Unless you are a professional breeder, there is no reason to have an unaltered pet in your home. If money is an issue, look for low-cost clinics which are offered fairly regularly in most areas. Vets are committed to getting every pet spayed or neutered, and many volunteer their time or offer reduced rates to encourage people to get it done.
If you work for or have a soft spot for spay / neuter programs, you need to know that PetSmart Charities is accepting applications for spay/neuter program grants during the month of August.
Acceptable uses for the grant money include:
Clinic improvement/equipment (under $50,000)
Mobile spay/neuter clinics (under $50,000)
Subsidized spay/neuter programs
University spay/neuter programs
Municipal shelter pet spay/neuter
As you probably already know, October is breast cancer awareness month. Although sometimes I think I will go nuts if I see one more display of pink, (in the NFL? Really?) it’s worth noting that breast cancers strikes dogs, too.
What’s one of the most important ways to prevent breast cancer in dogs? Spay your pet! Spaying a dog before she goes into heat just about removes the risk that she will develop breast cancer because the source of estrogen is removed from the body. Estrogen feeds tumor cells and makes cancer more likely.