Spay & Neutering Your Dog

Breed Profile



  • WEIGHT: 22 to 24 lbs
  • HEIGHT: 16 to 17 inches
  • COLOR(S): red, black, brindle, or black and tan
  • BREED GROUP: Hound

Why You Should Spay/Neuter Your Dog

Why You Should Spay/Neuter Your Dog

by Jack Russell  

The pet population is at an all time high with more puppies and kittens being born every day. Animal shelters have become overrun with puppies and kittens that no one wants or cannot afford to feed. With the ever-growing pet population, it’s now more important than ever to have your pet spayed or neutered. Many people buy a dog or cat with the intention of breeding them for profit. No matter if the breeding is done intentionally or an accidental pregnancy occurs, some puppies and kittens eventually end up at shelters or are turned lose to run wild on the streets. There are approximately 9 to 10 million pets killed in shelters every year because of irresponsible and accidental breeding because of people not neutering and spaying their pets.

Many people do not have a clear understanding of what spaying or neutering is. Spaying is a surgery that is for female pets. The surgery is a procedure that is similar to a hysterectomy in human females, which renders them incapable of conceiving offspring. Neutering however is not similar to a vasectomy in a human male. During surgery a male animal has the testicles removed rendering them incapable of producing offspring.

Many people are concerned with the expense of spaying or neutering their pet. The cost of spaying or neutering your pet is very cheap when compared to the consequences of not having your pet spayed or neutered. There are many animal shelters that offer free spaying and neutering as well as many veterinarians that offer discounts. You can also find many programs through breed specific rescue organizations that offer discounts when free options are not available.

One important reason to having your pet spayed or neutered is for health reasons. An unaltered pet has a higher risk of developing cancer. While there are cancer treatments available, they are not guaranteed and can be extremely expensive. Unaltered pets also have a high risk of developing kidney and bladder infections as well as uterine and pelvic infections for female pets. Again the cost of treatment for these diseases is more expensive than the cost of having your pet spayed or neutered.

A dog that is spayed or neutered is less likely to stray from home. When females are in heat they go out looking for males. They can be gone for days or never come back at all. If they do return chances are they will come back pregnant. Males that are unaltered are more prone to being aggressive and very temperamental no matter what breed they are or how old they are.

Another advantage to having your dog spayed or neutered is that they are easier to housebreak. Males that are neutered are less prone to marking their territory like urinating on the furniture and other parts of your home. With females you done have to worry about the mess and smell from them being in heat.

There are millions of pets that are unwanted and eventually lose their lives in shelters all over the country. There are many myths that surround having a pet spayed or neutered. However, for each myth there is a fact that overcomes it.

One common myth is that having a pet spayed or neutered makes them fat and lazy. The truth is that many pets become fat for many of the same reasons that people do. They overeat and don’t get the proper exercise. Always make sure your pet gets plenty of exercise and has a well balanced diet.

Another myth many people believe is that every female dog or cat should have one litter before they are spayed. There is absolutely no medical proof that supports this myth. The truth is that females that are spayed before their first heat are less likely to have breast cancer. There are many organizations and shelters where people can foster a pregnant cat or dog.

Regardless of what the popular misconception or myth is none can replace having a pet spayed or neutered.

Here are several links to learn more about spaying or neutering your pet:

The Spaying Process For Female Pets

More Myths And Facts To Spaying And Neutering

Why Should I Spay Or Neuter My Pet?

About Spaying And Neutering

Low Cost Spay And Neuter Programs

Affordable Programs For Spaying Your Pet

What Is Spaying And Neutering?

Facts About Spaying And Neutering

What Is Spaying And Neutering?

The Cost Of Spaying And Neutering

The Neutering Process