Desexing Puppies – Spay and Neuter to prevent unwanted pregnancies

All puppies should be desexed prior to adoption, other those suited to breeding by ethical, registered breeders.
  • Neutering male dogs eliminates the risk of testicular cancer and reduces the incidence of prostate cancer.
  • Spaying female dogs eliminates the possibility of uterine or ovarian cancer and greatly reduces the incidence of breast cancer.

Traditional Age Sexing V Early Age Desexing (EAD)

Some vets recommend that puppy is desexed around five months, prior to reaching adulthood and if female, before coming into season the first time. Others recommend the age of twelve weeks at the time of the pup’s last C3 vaccination.

But other situations will not allow for this to happen. Rescue shelters and other animals welfare organisations  pick up the pieces of irresponsible pet owners, backyard breeders and puppy farmers and need to rehome their pups as soon as possible to make room for even more unwanted puppies.

Early age desexing or EAD – Animal welfare groups may desex puppies from between six and eight weeks of age (depending on bodyweight and other factors) to prevent even more unwanted litters.

About Desexing

  • All anesthetics and operations contain risks, although with modern anesthetics, pre-blood testing and monitoring equipment, the risk of a complication is relatively low.
  • Desexing is a day surgery procedure with the pups being available for collection from the surgery that afternoon.
  • Ask the veterinarian about the post-operative care of your puppy.
  • Desexing does not interfere with the character of your dog and sensible feeding will prevent weight gain.
  • Some councils offer cheap desexing rates for dogs.

Spaying Female Dogs

Once the cute female puppy you brought home reaches adulthood, her cycles start and she comes into season at about age six month and can mate twice a year.

  • During each season, vaginal bleeding may last about ten days and you will be faced with hygiene issues if she is an indoor dog. Confining a dog to a small room or keeping an indoor dog outside for this period will also be stressful for you and very confusing for the dog.
  • The behaviour of the female also changes during this time as she is programmed to find a mate. You may also find many undesexed male dogs calling and attempting to jump the fence or dig under it. They often succeed.
  • You will then be left with the job of seeking veterinary care for the pregnant female and then trying to find homes for between six to eight puppies, once they have reached the minimum rehomable age of eight weeks.
  • It is also your responsibility to have all these pups desexed and vaccinated prior to rehoming. You will also have the hassle of advertising, answering the phone and weeding out unsuitable people.
  • Not all of your puppies may find home immediately or ever. What will you do when you have three extra adult dogs in your home, all requiring food and veterinary care?

Spaying prevents unwanted litters and reproductive diseases

  • Eliminates the risk of uterine and ovarian cancer and will help to prevent mammary cancer if the operation is performed before she first comes into season.
  • Removes the risk of uterine infection (Pyometra) which is life threatening and expensive to treat. A desexed female has the opportunity of living a very full, healthy life, free from serious reproductive diseases.

    Neutering Male Dogs

    neutering prevents cancers and makes for a contented dog

    An undesexed male dog is programmed to seek out bitches in season. Your seemingly content dog may suddenly make a concerted effort to escape his comfortable and safe home to seek a mate, as a female’s pheromones are detectable streets away.

    • Many of the dogs collected by council rangers are undesexed males on the trail of a bitch in season. The dangers of a dog weaving in and out amongst the traffic are obvious and accidents can result in death and injury to the dog or the driver.
    • Leg humping dog is not a party trick, but an annoying and antisocial event. That along with the aggression that may be displayed by the undesexed male makes for an uncomfortable and sometimes frightening experience for those at the receiving end.

    The early desexing of a male dog can help prevent reproductive diseases such as testicular and prostate cancers, prostate enlargement, hormone-related tumors and infections.

    Desexed males also get to enjoy a less demanding lifestyle. He will be more content just to stay home and interact peacefully with other household members.

Don’t fall into the trap of thinking your dogs will miss having puppies. On the contrary, they will be able to enjoy an easy, peaceful life.

Companion dogs bond with people; you are their family.

Neutered and spayed dogs are happy dogs.

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