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One un-spayed female and her offspring and their puppies, if none are spayed or neutered, can produce up to 67,000 dogs in just six years.
Animal overpopulation has reached a crisis and unfortunately for everyone, over 12 million shelter animals are euthanized each year for lack of available homes. On average, 64% of all animals that go to shelters throughout the United States must be put down for this reason.
Approximately every 4 seconds one animal is killed by euthanasia because no one wants it.
Sadly, purebred dogs account for approximately 30% of all the animals in a shelter.
Everyone says females must be spayed. Females are only part of the equation in the crime of careless littering. At least 50% of the overpopulation problem is due to non-neutered males. When you think about it, this makes sense: females can't reproduce by themselves.
Your breeder will have a contract prepared when you purchase your new pup. It will set forth the terms and conditions, if any, regarding breeding rights. Almost all puppies purchased from a responsible breeder will be sold with the understanding they must be spayed or neutered. Your breeder should ask for written proof when the appropriate procedure has been done.
Pet overpopulation is just one of the reasons to alter your new puppy. Here are more - lots more:
Spaying a Female
· Less than 1 in 10,000 female dogs will develop mammary (breast)cancer, if spayed prior to their first heat. That number jumps to 1 in 8 if the female goes through even one heat cycle.
· Pyometra is a serious and sometimes fatal infection in the uterus experienced by many un-spayed females. If it is left untreated, your pet will likely die.
· Spayed females have absolutely no risk of developing tumors of the uterus, ovaries or cervix - those parts are gone, as is the risk of cancers of the reproductive tract.
· Dogs have their own sexually transmitted diseases, some of which are fatal to the dog and potentially contagious to humans.
· Many medical complications are associated with pregnancy. Not all deliveries go smoothly. The female who has pups and raises a litter is exposed to infections, emergency C-sections (very expensive), seizures due to calcium deficiency, etc. The actual risk of pregnancy and rearing a litter is far greater than the extremely small risk associated with modern spaying procedures.
· Some females will have false pregnancies; this may happen with each heat cycle and will require veterinary care and treatment. Behavior during a false pregnancy can range from annoying to downright obnoxious.
· Hair loss: the hair on many female dogs suffers because of estrogen surges that occur with heat cycles (or whelping a litter). The coat appears thin and underlying skin can be exposed in many areas. It may take 2 to 4 months for the hair to return to normal, and by that time, another cycle is ready to begin.
· Neutered males have no risk of testicular cancer.
· Prostate problems, and some cancers, are common in older, intact males.
· Neutered males are much less likely to have infections or disorders in the prepuce (the outer covering of the penis).
· The possibility of sexually transmitted diseases is eliminated.
Less Cost, Healthier Pets
- Statistically, spayed and neutered dogs live longer, healthier lives.
- Pregnancy is expensive. Having a healthy bitch and litter requires extra trips to the vet and if an emergency develops during the pregnancy or delivery, even more costs are involved.
- You'll save money, too, because pet licensing fees for altered dogs are much lower in most US cities and counties.
- Altered pets are often viewed as better companions, because they are not concerned with sexual instincts and mating behaviors.
- Many top hunters report that sterilization actually improves hunting instincts. Unaltered pets often have their minds on mating or fighting, which is a big distraction to the task at hand. Spayed and neutered pets can focus on the hunt, making them more dependable when you need them. Females in heat are not physically up to hunting.
Spaying and neutering also benefits your community
- Your postal carrier will be happy: the majority of dog bites to postal carriers are from unaltered males.
- Your friends and neighbors will feel safer around your dog and you'll lessen your risk of legal liability: 85% of all dog bites come from unaltered pets.
- You'll help reduce pet homelessness. Almost 70% of all euthanized dogs are puppies. Only 1 in 4 dogs find a permanent, loving home.
- Unless you are willing to strive to improve the overall qualities of your particular breed, you should not allow your dog to reproduce. Pets that carry genetic traits, such as hip dysplasia or epilepsy, may appear fine but have pups that are not.
- If you are not willing to expend a lot of time, effort and money for genetic testing, do not consider having a litter. Selling genetically unsound pups only adds to pet overpopulation.
Making Life Easier for You
- Spayed females will not have a heat cycle. This means they will not have a discharge that can stain your carpet, bedding and furniture.
- Research shows that of all the positive behavior changes altering ensures, roaming is the greatest degree of change. A sexually active male can patrol the boundaries of his territory always on the lookout for a receptive female.
- Females in heat release airborne chemical attractants called pheromones. If there is a female in heat within 3 miles, sometimes more, the male will find her - even if he needs to break down doors or jump fences.
- Roaming is not a problem limited exclusively to males. During the stage in the heat cycle when a female is receptive towards males, she may go to great lengths to escape from your house, kennel or yard to find a mate.
- Avoid male dogs fighting over females. Many smaller males are badly injured, or killed, fighting with larger dogs.
- It is much easier to have more than one dog in your household when all are altered.
All our puppies leave "Portuguese Water Dogs at Ricelake" under spay/neuter contract for all the above reasons
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