To alter or not to alter... that is the question.
Keeping you animal intact is the healthy way to go! Spaying or neutering can create life long health risks.
Click on each of the pictures below for articles as to why you should not TRADITIONALLY spay or neuter your pet.
There are better alternatives!
ALTERED DOGS ARE MORE PRONE TO GETTING CANCER
THERE’S AN INCREASED RISK OF YOUR DOG DEVELOPING PANCREATITIS
MANY FEMALE DOGS DEVELOP URINARY INCONTINENCE
ALTERED DOGS OFTEN GAIN WEIGHT
THEY ARE ALSO MORE LIKELY TO DEVELOP JOINT ISSUES
THEY ALSO HAVE A CHANCE OF DEVELOPING HYPOTHYROIDISM
THEY ARE MORE LIKELY TO BE FEARFUL
There ARE other alternatives
What are the options?
Hysterectomy: the uterus and part of the fallopian tubes are removed from a female dog or cat. This makes her unable to reproduce, but her ovaries remain and will produce hormones. This may not eliminate the dog or cat’s behaviors associated with the breeding instinct.
Vasectomy: only the vas deferens, which conducts sperm from the testes, are removed. This procedure makes the dog or cat unable to reproduce, but his testes remain and will produce hormones. This may not eliminate the dog or cat’s behaviors associated with the breeding instinct.
Ovariectomy: the ovaries are removed from a female dog or cat, but the uterus remains. Similar to ovariohysterectomy, this makes her unable to reproduce and eliminates her heat cycle and breeding instinct-related behavior.
There is an approved product on the market used to neuter male cats and dogs that is injected into the testes to stop sperm production and render the dog or cat infertile. Because not all of the hormone-producing cells of the testes are affected by the drug, the testis will continue to produce some hormones. As research continues, additional products for nonsurgical sterilization may be developed.