Comments on Campaign Encourages Men to Get Dogs Fixed

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J H   Phoenix, AZ

9/24/2009 6:24:13 PM

This is a great idea.

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Natalie   sfer, MS

9/24/2009 6:06:55 PM

This is a great solution! For some odd reason, I've come across MANY men who refuse to neuter their male dogs. Why? "Because I wouldn't like it if MY balls were chopped off.." they say. What idiots! PLEASE NEUTER YOUR ANIMALS!

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Isobella   Nashville, TN

9/24/2009 4:48:28 PM

There are many reasons to spay and neuter. For males it decreases the incidence of fights and male to male aggression, eliminate the risk of testicular cancer, reduce/or eliminate sexual behaviors such as leg lifting, marking, and roaming,and will decrease the desire to escape from the yard. For females it will eliminate heat seasons ,spotting on floors, male dogs hanging around, cancers of the reproductive system, reduce the chance of breast cancers, and reduce the incident of female to female aggression. Sterilization does NOT make an animal fat, less protective,or in any way inferior to an intact animal. If you notice who is against spaying and neutering it is always someone breeding( and making money out of it),in shows that they think will bring them prestige, or, for irresponsible reasons, someone who would rather get rid of their pet than get it fixed. I say go to your local animal control and humane society and take a look at all the animals who are going to die because there are just not enough responsible homes. Do you really want to cause more to die?

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Liza   Grand Bay-Westfield, NB

9/24/2009 2:18:08 PM

$55...I paid $150 for my dog and $120 for each of my cats!

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Stacey   Grand Rapids, MI

9/24/2009 12:50:56 PM

In Michigan $55 for a dog neutering of any weight is an great price. Considering the care, level of quality, pain meds, and after care, this is a great deal from a better organization. Private Vets will regularly range in price from $180-$220 for neuter and spaying in Michigan, just to give everyone a feeling of how great of a program this is.

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Maggie   Lancaster, PA

9/24/2009 4:52:10 AM

The studies are out there, I'm not going to list them here nor get into an argument about this. Studies can easily be misinterpretted or made to support ones opinion and are affected by the breeds
used.

The con side questions are: early neutering MAY make a dog more susceptible to hip dysplasia, bone and joint weaknesses, and certain cancers.


Early neutering does cause a dog to grow taller, remain more puppylike, and retain a smaller head.


Neutering can cause incontinence.


Neutering may affect work ethics and drive levels (good for the pet owner, bad for the competitive obedience/working dog owner)


Neutered dogs aren't free of behavior problems, nor are they easier to train IMHO and my experienced opinion.


By Neutering I mean spaying or neutering.


Responsible dog owners who want to compete in conformation events, performance events, working events, and other similar activities have plenty of reasons to not spay/neuter their dogs. Pet owners of breeds already prone to bone/joint disorders,certain cancers, and incontinence should carefully consider age at spay/neuter and know both sides of the story. Pet owners who wish their dog to achieve their natural full growth (or not grow too tall) may wish to delay spay/neuter until the dog is physically mature.


But of course shelter dogs, mixed breeds, backyard bred dogs, etc...owned by people who are not willing to take the extra step towards assuring no accidental breedings should be spayed/neutered.


Bottom line it should be a choice and an Informed one.


JMHO.

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Galadriel   Lothlorien, ME

9/23/2009 11:17:34 PM

Well, I can think of a good reason not to neuter. How about breeding? And $55 is not very cheap for neutering. I could understand if that were for spaying but neutering is so easy anyone could do
it.

I am for spaying/neutering though. I just think it should be a personal choice and not enforced.

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sal   no. h, CT

9/23/2009 10:39:41 PM

always spay and/or neuter

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Melani   Weldon, CA

9/23/2009 8:47:15 PM

I completey agree with you Isobella! I have four neutered and two spayed dogs of various ages and sizes ranging from 10 months to 14 years and 8 pounds to 110 pounds. They all eat together, sleep together, play together, and go on walks together!

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Isobella   Nashville, TN

9/23/2009 3:58:56 PM

I think this is a great idea! I've heard too many times someone trying to give reasons why they don't want to spay or neuter their pet and none of those reasons ever were short of ridiculous and irresponsible. Sterilized animals are far easier to live with, train and have in social situations. Also, to all breeders and persons who have intact animals; don't tell others that you can't have same-sex dogs together. I have three neutered male dogs and three neutered and one spayed cats that get along perfectly. Sterilization reduces a great deal of male to male and female to female aggression. Why would anyone not want that and all the benefits of spaying and neutering?

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S   3 Oaks, MI

9/23/2009 3:38:09 PM

Dogs who are not purebreds being bred need to be fixed! Great idea.

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Michele   Freeport, IL

9/23/2009 11:40:55 AM

I have had so many boyfriends who would not neuter or spay their pets for reasons they always related to themselves and what they would want in that situation.It may seem comical,but men should seriously consider the benefits of spay/neuter if they are not licensed breeders.

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Pat   Grand Rapids, MI

9/23/2009 8:08:06 AM

Maggie - Show me the studies that prove your comment. For every negative reason you can quote against pediatric spay/neuter I can show you three times as many recent studies of the benefits of pediatric spay/neuter.

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michelle   Rockford, IL

9/23/2009 7:39:51 AM

Great idea!

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colette   salem, ME

9/23/2009 6:07:46 AM

its a great idea. that will probably help alot of dogs. neutering is responsible; dogs calm down from not having those instincts, no nut cancer, & not making more dogs. we already have so many homeless pets; neutering is necessary.

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Maggie   Lancaster, PA

9/23/2009 5:41:34 AM

Neutering is overrated. Know the pros and cons before making an educated decision. Neutering early may cause behavior problems and will affect the growth of the dog. Neutering later may help avoid prostate problems though.

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