To spay or neuter all your pets? That is the question.
20 years or so ago, anytime someone visited their vet with a pet old or new, they were strongly urged to spay or neuter it.
The animal care givers didn’t seem to realize if that happened, their hospital would be out of business in about 15 years.
That attitude has changed now for several reasons.
If you own a female dog, or especially cat, spaying makes your life much simpler. Done at a year old for dogs, slightly younger for cats, it doesn’t have many drawbacks. Your Trixie won’t get fat and lazy if you don’t over feed her.
A middle aged dog that was neutered at a young age may have some health problems related to lack of hormones. Some vets I know, recommend not neutering a well behaved male.
If your intact male dog acts aggressively to humans or other dogs, he may need a little less testosterone. If he constantly runs away to visit the neighborhood girls, that would be another reason to snip.
Unaltered male cats can cause all kinds of mischief.
Spraying, caterwauling, and fighting to name some.
Some of the well meaning rescue groups will spay or neuter pets as young as three months. They are trying to prevent more stray and unwanted animals. This may help their program, and be easier for new owners, but can cause pets problems with growth and development.
Be an informed pet owner so you can do what is best for all your furry friends.
Any questions you may call me at 704-888-4637