Neutering your pet will ensure that it cannot contribute to the pet overpopulation problem. As well, neutered pets can be much healthier. Neutering dogs eliminates or significantly decreases the chances of the following medical problems occurring:
* testicular tumours (some of which are malignant)
* prostate problems
* perineal hernias
* certain skin and glandular growths dependent on male hormones (i.e. adenomas)
* ovarian tumours and uterine growths
* potentially fatal uterine infection (pyometra)
* false pregnancies and mammary gland infections (mastitis)
* mammary tumours (many of which are malignant)
* death during whelping.
Besides eliminating or significantly decreasing various medical problems, neutering your pet has a variety of other benefits, Some of these are listed below:
* male dogs are less likely to roam and hence are less likely to be injured by cars or to encounter rabid animals.
* neutered pets will not contribute to the pet overpopulation problem.
* problems associated with female dogs going into heat will be eliminated.
Several myths have developed regarding neutering pets. One myth is that an animal's personality changes after it is neutered. This belief is incorrect. Neutering a pet can eliminate or reduce certain annoying habits that some pets have, but it will not alter the animal's personality.
The idea that a neutered pet automatically becomes fat after the operation is also wrong. It is the owner's responsibility to ensure that their pet does not become overweight. Weight is primarily a function of food volume and exercise. Older pets tend to be less active and often require less, or lower calorie food.
The idea that female dogs...should go through a heat or have a litter prior to being spayed is also untrue. Thre are no benefits to allowing this to occur, however, as mentioned previously, drastic consequences could result.
The only exceptions to neutering should be for animals bred for show (by responsible breeders) or upon the recommendation of a veterinarian.
This spay/neuter information was provided by the Ontario Humane Society in the interest of animal welfare.