People often state that you should spay or neuter your dog at a young age to avoid the risk that they will breed if they escape or some kind of accident brings them into contact with a dog of the opposite sex. If you’re not ready or equipped to deal with a dog’s pregnancy or the consequences of your male dog siring a litter, then you definitely should look into spaying or neutering as soon as possible. Even if your dog rarely comes into contact with other dogs, it only takes once for a problem to happen, and there is always a potential your dog might run away or become separated for you. You’re still responsible for him or her during that time.
However, this isn’t the only reason to spay or neuter your dog. Both of these processes dramatically reduce their risk of particular illnesses, and lengthen their lifespans by around 20% in both male and female dogs. In female dogs, the risk of uterine infections and cancers are eliminated. In male dogs, the risk of testicular cancer is eliminated, and it’s thought that the risk of prostate cancer is also reduced.
It may also help with dog behavior, particularly sex-related dominance behavior, urine marking, etc. It can reduce barking, violent behaviors, and even the tendency for a dog to wander off. This can lengthen their life expectancy by making sure they don’t wander away and into a road, as well!
In addition, this can also be a money saving issue for you. You won’t have to spend money asking people to look for your pet or rewarding people who find them, you may not need to enroll them in expensive obedience courses to counteract bad behavior, and you won’t be hit with the same surprise vet bills for cancers of their reproductive systems.
If that isn’t enough incentive, just think of the extra time you can have with your pet as a result of this simple, non-harmful procedure.