Should be done around 6 months to one year of age, please do not wait!
Contrary to popular belief, spaying and neutering does not negatively affect the animal. It protects females from breast, ovarian and uterine cancer, and males from prostate and testicular cancer. It does not make the pet lazy or fat. Overeating and too little exercise do that. It will reduce tendencies to roam, therefore reducing the likelihood of the pet being hit by a car, getting lost, or getting into fights.
Spaying and neutering can also alleviate territorial and sexual aggressive tendencies and tend to result in a calmer, gentler, more family oriented pet; especially when done before sexual maturity.
Undesirable male behaviors, such as inappropriate urination or marking are prevented. If they have already started they can be diminished by sterilization and training.
This is the giant step everyone can take to help reduce the short- and long-term suffering of companion animals by reducing the overpopulation problem. Currently, between 4-5 million healthy dogs die in animal shelters in the U.S. alone, due to a lack of responsible homes. As dogs owners, we must be obligated to educate and train ourselves to give our dogs the best possible care available!
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