Spaying and Neutering
Frequently Asked Questions
by Jane Pappler
Q. Won't spaying or neutering make my pet get fat and
A. No, animals get fat and lazy from lack of exercise or being over fed.
Q. Since I find good pet homes for all of the litter, shouldn't I
let my pet quality dog give birth?
A. There is rarely a guarantee that the puppy you give/sell to your friends
will also not be allowed to breed, adding to the number of pets that will be
put to death each year or become strays.
A "pet quality" animal is one that was chosen
and sold to you not for breeding purposed. Only the best of each litter
should be considered for reproduction to promote the breed standard.
Q. Isn't the surgery painful and dangerous?
A. It is certainly less painful and dangerous than mating and giving birth.
Surgery is performed under anesthesia and is painless. Precautions are always
take by the vet.
Q. Isn't the surgery costly?
A. The surgery is only performed once in your pet's lifetime. Compare the cost
of surgery with things that cost about the same, and only last one time:
example, an evening on the town for a couple, an auto-tune up or new tires.
Q. Shouldn't they have a litter before they are spayed?
A. No... The more heat cycles a pet has gone through, the more susceptible
she is to serious diseases. There are no medical advantages in permitting
your pet to have a litter. Spaying a female reduces the chances of mammary
tumors. A dog that experiences motherhood doesn't automatically develop a
better temperament. Often, just the opposite occurs. All dogs the same as
all people are not necessarily good candidate for having offspring!
*Males: Neutered males are also better behaved. They are less likely
to run away from home, and less likely to urinate in the house. Most
intact males (in the case of Chesapeakes) are very dominant and will
get into a fight with another male, whether hunting or on a family outing
at the lake. This could be very dangerous for the dog as well as the
children and adults that are present.
Q. Shouldn't my children be able to witness the miracle of the birth
of a litter?
A. NO! It is not important that pet ownership teach about reproduction.
This can be learned from books and parents. It is important that pet
ownership teach children about responsibility, including the responsibility
not to increase the overpopulation of "pets" and pet-quality dogs.
Animal shelters have to destroy many dogs because the public has failed
to control the pet population. Leave the breeding up to the knowledgeable
breeder. They have the background for picking the best puppies in each
litter who should be reproduced and those who should not. Breeding
is done to promote and save the best that there is, eliminating undesirable
traits with each generation and keeping the positive ones. Breeding
pet quality reinforces that the dogs in the next generation are worse
than what we have now and that's not what it is all about.