We know that your pet is very important to you. A companion, a friend, and
in a real sense a member of your family. In order to reduce the number of
animals being abandoned or put to sleep, you should discuss neutering your pet
with your veterinarian. Together you can work as a team to help reduce the
number of unwanted and abandoned animals.
Both male and female dogs are mature enough to reproduce between the ages
of six to nine months.
Female dogs generally go through an estrus or heat cycle every six months.
This is accompanied by a proestrus or bleeding cycle prior to her true heat
cycle in which she is very receptive to the advances of male dogs. This heat
cycle may last for several days or up to three or four weeks. Often female
dogs will experience some personality changes during heat cycles such as
becoming short-tempered or anxious.
Surgical neutering of female dogs called
eliminates all heat cycles and the accompanying unwanted bleeding cycle,
nervousness, and desire to mate. Neutering your female dog will also protect
your pet from uterine infections and other diseases as well as difficult or
dangerous pregnancies. Studies show that by neutering your female dog before
her first heat cycle, you can greatly reduce her chances of developing mammary
cancer later in life. The surgery includes the removal of the ovaries,
fallopian tubes, and uterus.
Most male dogs are ready and willing to reproduce by the time they are six
to 12 months of age. There are able to breed consistently throughout the year
or whenever they are exposed to a receptive female. Male dogs are prone to
wander in search of romance and find themselves exposed to fighting with
another animals or dangers such as cars. Male dogs are sometimes equally
anxious to mark their territories.
Surgical neutering of male dogs, called
orchiectomy, eliminated any
reproductive behavior and reduces urine odor and the desire to spray. Your
male dog will continue to have his own unique personality. He will be less
likely to roam and enjoy staying at home more. The surgery removes the
Deciding when is the best time to neuter your pet is a decision you should
discuss with your veterinarian.
Acknowledgement: AAHA Website http://www.healthypet.com/Library/prevent-16.html