Spaying and Neutering Myths

Learn the truth about spay and neutering dogs.

Posted: Fri Mar 18 00:00:00 PST 2005

Uncover five common myths and facts about spaying and neutering:

Myth: Dogs become fat and lazy after being spayed or neutered.

Fact: Fat animals are usually overfed and under-exercised. While some dogs put on weight after the operation, adjusting their diet and increasing their exercise will take care of it.

Myth: A pet's behavior changes dramatically after surgery.

Fact: Neutered male dogs fight less and wander less since they aren't interested in pursuing females in heat. Studies show spayed or neutered animals live longer, healthier lives.

Myth: A neutered dog isn't a good watchdog.

Fact: The best time to spay your female dog is before her first heat cycle. It prevents uterine infections, such as pyometra, which can be fatal, and reduces the incidence of breast cancer. It also keeps unwanted amles from harassing yoru pet.

Myth: Preventing dogs from having litters is unnatural.

Fact: Dogs were never "naturally" pets in the first place. They were domesticated 15,000 years ago. It's more unnatural, one could argue, to kill so many dogs in shelters each year.

Myth: Neutering a male dog will make him feel like less of a dog.

Fact:  Pets don't have any concept of sexual identity or ego. Neutering will not change a pet's basic personality. He doesn't suffer any kind of emotional reaction or identity crisis when neutered.

SOURCE: The Humane Society of the United States.


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Mcalexander9   ocotillo, CA

7/29/2013 3:52:21 PM

My husband won't let me fix our male dogs for the reason that he thinks that's what makes a male dog "male"..... He is just to overly sympathetic lol

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mary   portland, ME

10/2/2007 2:33:39 AM

good article.

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Barbara   Edison, NJ

3/15/2007 5:16:11 AM

I owned a Yorkie that passed away in June 2006. He was neutered at the age of 2. He definitely missed his testicles. He was constantly looking for them. I believe it was the reason for many of his behavior changes. Long after the neutering he still would not let anyone near that area. There wasn't anything physically wrong. I believe it was mental-he missed them. I cannot see how you can say they don't have any emotional reaction. He had testicles one day and he enjoyed them. The next day they were gone. You don't think that he noticed! Come on.

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