In recent years there has been a wave of sterilization policies instituted at animal shelters everywhere. This is an attempt to decrease the number of unwanted and unplanned litters.
Campaigns have swept across TV, radio and newspapers in an effort to educate pet owners about the practical aspects of the surgeries. This widespread training has helped to decrease the number of animals entering shelters. After learning the facts related to spaying and neutering most canine owners decide that the surgery is well worth the many advantages provided by it.
Let’s discuss some of the pros and cons of the surgery. First, the surgery will definitely prevent a pregnancy. But there are certain risks involved with any surgery. Besides the obvious risk of complications during the surgery there are other possible consequences. Spaying will reduce the incidence of reproductive system cancers and uterine infections, but spayed bitches have a higher risk of developing some other types of cancer, as well as joint problems and thyroid disease.
Some common myths related to the sterilization of dogs include the following:
Neutering a male Pomsky will turn him into a sissy
Female dogs will mourn the loss of their capacity to mother puppies
Spaying will result in weight gain
Neutering your Pomsky has many benefits
First, the dog will be less likely to roam, that means he will remain safely at home. He will also have less desire to mark territory … for some dogs their territory includes furniture. So rather than turning him into a sissy, he will more likely be a better behaved dog. His basic personality will remain the same and since the testicles are removed there is no risk of testicular cancer.
Spaying your female dog will provide many benefits
Heat cycles bring about hormonal changes. During that time the dog’s temperament is likely to change, often not for the best. The dog will need to be closely guarded or confined during this time. This is frustrating for both the canine and the owner. Over the years repeated heat cycles tend to wear on the reproductive system and can result in uterine and mammary cancers.
Sterilization of dogs can contribute indirectly to weight gain but it is not the cause of the weight gain. Sterilized dogs will need fewer calories. You will need to adjust their foods to lower the caloric intake. Since a male dog may not any longer be roaming he will burn fewer calories. Your food choice, in most cases, will not need to be one of high-energy. Check with your veterinarian for recommendations.
There is no evidence to support the thought that dogs mourn their lost capacity for reproducing. Male Pomskies know nothing about being a parent, canine bitches nurse the pups for a few weeks, teach them the basics of behaving like a dog and then move on. All in all it’s obvious that sterilization provides many more benefits than risks.
If you haven’t already had your dog sterilized it is suggested that you talk with your vet about the pros and cons.