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Old 06-20-2010, 11:41 AM
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Default Are you "pro" spay/neuter or not?

Another thread got me thinking about this. For non-breeding dogs are you pro spay/neuter? Working for a vet ive been brainwashed into thinking that most people want their dogs spayed/neutered. I was suprised to find out on here how many actually dont. Sooo.... No fights, just curious.

Me personally, im a huge pro spay/neuter advocate!! What time to do so depends on many things for me.
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Old 06-20-2010, 11:49 AM
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Personally if they aren't being showed or bred then I don't see why you would speuter your pet. It seems like more trouble then it's worth.

I especially support it for your everyday ignorant owner. I know that many people here have unaltered pets and are just fine but I also know that these people are careful, not everyone is.
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Old 06-20-2010, 11:49 AM
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Pro, if only for the fact that ever since we opened a low-cost spay/neuter clinic here, the euthanasia rate of the local shelter has been cut by over 40%
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Old 06-20-2010, 11:52 AM
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i am neither . i am pro doing what is right for you.

i would never spay/neuter a young dog , really anytime before 2 i will not do.
now my dog is not spayed , but she is never going to be breed , she is in no danger of being breed EVER. i have a house full of people all the time and no other dogs and she is only outside leashed.


but i do find this to be a personal issue , i am educated onhow to keep an intact dog . for the general public joe schmo have no clue dog owner i advocate fixing at maturity.
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Old 06-20-2010, 12:04 PM
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I neuter/spay all of my pets because I have no desire to deal with intact animals...marking, heats, keeping them separated...not for me. It is so much easier to just spay/neuter and not worry about all of that
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Old 06-20-2010, 12:05 PM
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i am neither . i am pro doing what is right for you.
That exactly.
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Old 06-20-2010, 12:07 PM
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I am an advocate of spaying and neutering for the vast majority of pet dogs. There are way too many careless people out there and the over-population of miserable dogs languishing in shelters is already through the roof. Humans need to start respecting this species.

However, I am not entirely black and white on the subject. If people are responsible about keeping their dogs from being accidently bred and they have their reasons, such as I do for keeping their males intact, at least until full grown or they have weighed the health benefits carefully and have convictions regarding the health and welfare of their dog, that's a little different. And of course dogs worthy of and used for breeding is self explanatory.
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Old 06-20-2010, 12:08 PM
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Working at a shelter I am very pro spay/neuter for the average pet owner, and especially so with cats, because we still get 18000 animals/yr due in large part to people who don't handle intact animals responsibly. I also fully support early age s/n for this population because so many are uninformed about reproductive development and signs to watch for that indicate heat specifically.

For myself, I prefer s/n after maturity - I managed to get my two shelter girls spayed at 10mo (Maggie because that's how old she was when she came to the shelter originally and Ziva because I waited to officially adopt her until she was 10 months to avoid early s/n), but my shelter boy was neutered too early for my liking (14 weeks due to some politics imo). All three are or have been performance dogs. Future dogs I would like to get from a rescue that would allow me to delay s/n until at least 8mo or from a responsible breeder who would allow me to s/n after 1-2yo. I would spay a female earlier just because I don't want to deal with more than one heat cycle and preferably none.

For others who understand the risks and are responsible about it I don't see any reason to s/n unless desired (for health benefits or convenience).
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I'm much for it, but sadly myself have an unfixed dog. I can't get my mom to bring him in! It's been a challenge for years now, I don't see why she won't considering he isn't used for showing or breeding and it'd make him better around females, but noooo. I know once I can drive I'm just taking him there myself though.
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Old 06-20-2010, 12:18 PM
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i am neither . i am pro doing what is right for you.
Completely agree!


My way of thinking is....I personally don't like intact dogs. I don't like having to worry about them or constantly manage them male or female. I like knowing that my males have no chance of getting loose and getting a random female pregnant. I also like not having to rotate crates if Maggie was in heat and the boys were intact. Thats just too much personal stress for me.

Also every intact male I have owned has had a marking problem. Not so much humping. Morrison came with a humping problem since he was intact. But after a few days working with him it became far and few between. The marking is something that annoyed me to no end.

Now that Morrison is neutered I can actually take him with me to friends/families homes. Where before he would automatically start marking inside any unfamiliar place. Especially if there were other dogs. Thats has now completely stopped and I can let him off lead at friends/families homes. Instead of having to keep him contained while the other dogs played. Which wasent fair.

He and Sawyer still mark over each others scent in the back yard. But its no longer a "I gotta pee on every inch of the property, because it is mine! MINE I TELL YOU!!!" lol.

Now when it comes to other people. Its totally up to them. I have no judgement for anyone who owns intact dogs. I just hope they are responsible
and vigilant. Its their personal choice and as long as I don't have to live with them, im happy.

I do have issues with some intact dog owners who actually look down on people who don't. Its as if they think its lazy to spay/neuter a dog. Or that it takes some important personality trait away from the dog. I honestly lately hear alot more anti spay/neuter talk from dog people than pro. Which is whatever. Im gonna do what im gonna do. And vice versa.

I do beleive no dog should be spayed/neutered before physical maturity.
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