Top 5 Reasons to Spay/Neuter


Check out our list of the Top 5 Benefits to Spaying/Neutering your pup. There are a few things you may not know about, including added heath benefits.


1. Your dog will not contribute to the massive dog overpopulation. Last year, there were 8 million pets who went into shelters. Only half of them made it out. Spaying and neutering is the #1 way to help this growing problem.

2. If neutered young, male dogs are less aggressive and generally have less aggression-related behavior problems including marking, humping, guarding toys and food and dog aggression. According to the ASPCA, over 70% of dog fights are from unneutered male dogs.

3. Females do not experience heat cycles, meaning a much easier time for you! Females in heat can become territorial, cry, howl and attract a lot of male attention. It can be a recipe for disaster if there is an unfixed male dog in the house!

4. Spaying reduces the chances of breast cancer in female dogs. In male dogs, neutering prevents testicular cancer (if done before 6 months).

5. Dogs, especially females, who are fixed live longer, healthier lives.

Every February, the Humane Society hosts Spay Day USA, a national day of spay/neuter awareness. This year, Spay Day USA takes place on February 28, 2012. There are many ways to participate; spay/neuter your pet, enter the Spay Day Photo Contest, organize an event or become a sponsor. There are many ways to get involved; the #1 thing being to spay and neuter your pup! It’s for the good of your pet, your pet’s health, your family and your community. What better time to spay/neuter than Spay Day USA?!

Your local shelter or Humane Society is the best place to get your pet spayed or neutered for an affordable price. Most rescue organizations charge $30-$100, depending on where you are. Some organizations hold promotions during the year offering free or reduced fees for spay or neuter. You can click here to find a directory of veterinarians and rescue organizations that offer low cost or free spay/neuter services. Check it out!


11 responses to “Top 5 Reasons to Spay/Neuter

  1. I think most people should definitely have their pets spayed and neutered however, there is new research that shows there are downsides. There is also research which shows certain diseases linked to early spay/neuter, (osteosarcoma and hypothyroidism to name a couple, but there are more). Yes the reproductive cancers go away, but you can buy the other more serious cancers. I believe the research shows that it has to do with removing hormones before the animal is full grown. But they never tell people about the risks.

    That being said, both of our dogs will be de-sexed at some point. Once full grown the health risks to the animals are much less.

    • We agree with not getting them fixed too early. Harley was around 8 months and Scarlett, around a year (we adopted her then). Chelsea is 6 months and will be fixed when she recovers from FHO surgery.

      Speaking of that, Chelsea’s in surgery right now– ahhh we are so nervous!!!

  2. All who live here are spayed/neutered. Actually, DeDe Dog and Malachi Cat were ‘fixed’ when rescued. I was hopeful in each case that the animal was just lost, but so far no luck in finding an owner.

    • Our shelter also has a policy where all animals are fixed, too. When you adopt, you put a deposit and make an appointment for the surgery. If you don’t come, they put a warrant out for your arrest/send you a $500 fine. I think it’s wonderful- especially down here, where we have so many homeless pets.
      Harley, Scarlett and Roory are fixed. Chelsea has to recover from FHO surgery before she can get fixed. It was the priority over spaying her because we didn’t want to do that too early. Thankfully, the shelter has worked with us to schedule it once Chelsea recovers in a few months.

  3. I know way to many men that seem to have trouble with having their male dogs fixed. Any suggestions on how to help them get over this silliness?

    • LOL I know lots of guys who seem to think fixing their dogs will make them wimpy or non-aggressive. While fixing does tone down aggression problems to a degree, it never eliminates it and it depends on the dog’s age when fixed. After a year, aggression is usually set in and fixing a dog will not make him “less manly”. All police K-9 dogs are fixed and boy, they can be aggressive!! I think sharing these things is helpful. If that doesn’t work, I’d introduce them to a male dog who is fixed and still manly…at the shelter, you can find Pit Bulls, Rotties and big Mastiffs. They are usually fixed and aren’t wimpy by any means When guys see this, most realize getting fixed won’t really “change” the dog that much 🙂

  4. Bongo was already neutered when he found his way to the animal shelter. They would have required we do it anyway – and we would have even if it weren’t required – but it saved us the cost.

  5. I was interested in the comment made by 2browndawgs.

    • 2BrownDawgs could probably tell you more about it! It’s true that getting a dog fixed too early can be damaging.
      From what I understand, the studies could not confirm if early neutering caused joint and hip problems. There was a link however most dogs in the studies were large breeds (they have common joint problems/certain cancers). When unable to confirm if joint problems/certain cancers were a result of early breeding or just a common thing in these large dogs, most veterinarians and shelters chose not to endorse the studies.

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