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Spaying vs. neutering - Myths Busted

02 May 2015 | by Neha Manchanda | Posted in: Wag News

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One of the biggest questions to haunt any pet parent is the question of spaying or neutering their beloved pet. Vets and expert consider spaying / neutering as an integral part of responsible pet ownership. if you are a pet parent who propagates healthy pet living spaying / neutering is the answer.

For pet parents having unneutered male / unspayed female, the drastic change in behaviour could be alarming. Unneutered males may become aggressive and territorial, while unspayed females may would go into heat every 6 months. Unspayed / unneutered pets also have a higher likelihood of developing health problems such as cancer.

Animal welfare activists feel that spaying / neutering is one of the most effective ways to control the population of the pets.  There have been many myths surrounding the spaying and neutering of the dogs / cats and we bring to you some of the most common myths and the facts behind each.

Myth 1: It is important to mate the dog at least once before spaying / neutering
Fact: Medically there is no evidence that a cat / dog needs to have a litter before spaying / neutering. Many vets propagate that the earlier the pet is neutered / spayed the better it is for the pet. For female pets, early spaying means that the possibility of developing uterine / ovarian / mammary cancer is eliminated.

Myth 2: Post neuter / spay surgery pets become overweight / less active
Fact: Any pet who has a sedentary lifestyle vis a vis to their dietary intake is likely to become less active and gain weight. As a pet matures, pet parents must be careful and adjust the dietary intake based on the activity level of their pet. 

Myth 3: There might be a change in the personality of the pet post spaying or neutering.
Fact: The basic personality of any pet is formed by their genetics, training and upbringing and it has nothing to do with their hormones. Spaying or neutering a pet will not change the personality of your pet. Au contraire, it will give you a better behaved pet. Neutered male pets are less likely to mark territories (spray on furniture / car tires) or exert dominance on the pack. Spayed female pets will be at ease and not experience hormonal changes during the six monthly heat cycle. Spayed and neutered pets are more affectionate in nature and are less likely to bite or become aggressive.

Myth 4: Pets will mourn the loss of their reproductive capabilities
Fact: Pets do not really care of their reproductive capabilities. It is only us humans who feel this way for our pets. Female pets nurse their litter and then let go of them while male pets generally do not meet their litter. 

Myth 5: Spaying or neutering is an expensive process
Fact: A lot of people do not get their pets spayed or neutered as they feel that the entire process is expensive. Spaying and neutering from Government affiliated veterinary hospitals is almost

Myth 6: Spaying and neutering is painful to my dog or cat.
Truth: Surgical sterilization is performed under general anesthesia by a doctor of veterinary medicine. The procedure itself is not felt by the patient.  There may be mild discomfort after the surgery, but most animals return to normal activity within 24 to 72 hours.  The minimal discomfort experienced by dogs and cats that are spayed or neutered can be lessened with post-operative pain medications and is well worth the endless suffering that is prevented by eliminating homeless puppies and kittens.

Myth 7: Spaying or neutering pets will be harmful to their health
Fact: Spaying or neutering pets is one of the best investments any pet parent will make for their pet. Timely spaying or neutering a pet eliminates the possibility of developing mammalian or ovarian cancer in female dogs and also helps them by reducing the chances of false pregnancies and uterine infections. For male dogs, neutering reduces the risk of prostate cancer and also reduces aggression and dominance behaviour.

Unfortunately very few pet parents opt for spaying or neutering their pets, mainly due to the reasons mentioned above. Spaying or neutering your pet has been a debatable question for many. Medically speaking, spaying or neutering your pet will eliminate the probability of developing fatal diseases such as cancer and help them lead a wonderful life that they truly deserve.

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