Choosing to spay or neuter your dog is one of the most important health decisions you’ll have to make as a dog owner. The procedures have proven to result in lifelong health benefits and improve behavior. There are even online resources that can help you find low-cost spay/neuter programs in your area.
At DogTropolis in Cleveland, we require all dogs to be spayed or neutered if over 6 months old. This policy is really a no-brainer, as it has a great impact on the lives of both a dog and its owner. Here are a few of the benefits:
It prevents overpopulation. Spaying and neutering keeps dogs from producing unwanted offspring. Overall, it’s good for the pet community as it prevents dogs from ending up in shelters or being euthanized. Stray animals are also an issue in many parts of the country. Spaying and neutering can help limit all of the above issues.
Your female dog will live longer. Spaying is the most effective way of preventing infections and cancers. The possible fatal outcome is greatly reduced by the procedure.
Your male dog will be better behaved. Unneutered dogs often suffer from aggression problems. They also have tendencies to roam and run away from home. Neutered dogs focus more of their attention on their families.
It’s cost effective. Owners often have to take preventative measures to keep unneutered pups from misbehaving. Dogs escaping from your yard or tearing up your house can get costly.
For more information on the benefits of spaying and neutering, you can visit the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.
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