People love animals. People commonly keep not only one but more pets. Because dogs would be a lifetime source of unconditional love, people will do everything for the welfare of the dog. Sadly, a lot of dogs are put to sleep because people can no longer cope with the responsibility of keeping these dogs as pets. Because dog population exceeds the number of people willing to take a pet, millions of these unfortunate animals are put to sleep. The number of dogs put to sleep will be greatly reduced if pet owners would get the dog sterilized as this will prevent unwanted reproduction.

The surgical procedure that renders a male dog incapable of reproduction is called neutering. For female dog, the procedure done to prevent reproduction is known as spaying. The dog will be put under general anesthesia to surgically remove the testicles and the ovaries and uterus in order to render the dogs incapable of reproduction.

Surgical sterilization has other benefits other than addressing dog population problem as the procedure can also prevent the development of unwanted behaviors that commonly arise from the dog’s mating instinct.

A dog that has undergone surgical sterilization will be easier to control as the aggressive nature is commonly modified but the dog’s natural affectionate personality will not be changed. More importantly, spayed and neutered dogs generally live healthier and longer lives as the risk for different types of cancer is considerably decreased.

Responsible dog owners would have the pet spayed or neutered because of its benefits. The right time to neuter or spay a dog is a point of argument between vets and animal behaviorists. A dog can undergo surgical sterilization at any age. The advantages of spaying and neutering a dog at an early aged were shown in the studies conducted on surgical sterilization. The popular belief is to have the procedure after the dog have had its first heat cycle but no evidence supports that this idea would be healthier for the pet. Contrary to popular belief, spaying or neutering is best done at an early age not only to prevent the dog from producing unwanted litters but also to lessen the risk of some health concerns as well as the development of unwanted behaviors.

Dogs are traditionally sterilized between 6 to 8 months of age. Nowadays, sterilization procedure is safe even for 8 week old dogs as safer anesthetic procedures for very young dogs are now being used and recommended by the American Veterinary Medical Association.

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