Bob Barker on Spaying and Neutering
First Off, Let's Define a Few Words...
What is Spaying?
a surgery to remove the ovaries & uterus on female animals
What is Neutering?
a surgery to remove the testicles on male animals
Unaltered & Intact
both those words basically mean the animal is NOT spayed or neutered. So if someone says they have an "intact male" or an 'unaltered female" they are letting you know the dog has NOT been spayed | neutered.
What Does the Word "Fixed" Mean?
the word fixed is referring to IF the animal has been spayed and neutered. Example: if someone says their dogs IS fixed ~ then that means their dog has been spayed | neutered. If they say their dog is NOT fixed - that means it has Not been spayed | neutered.
Why Spay & Neuter?
Did You Know That Spaying & Neutering Has Amazing Benefits!
♥ Prolongs Life Expectancy (that's enough to do it right there!!)
♥ Less Risk for Early Health Issues
♥ Makes Training A LOT Easier
♥ Actually Improves Personality
♥ Helps Reduce Overpopulation
♥ Saves Lives
and much more....!!!
Studies Have Proven that Pets who are NOT Spayed & Neutered
tend to manifest (1) or more of the following....
♦ aggressive traits: such as nipping or biting children
Yes, its true. Most dog bites are from unaltered pets
♦ food possessive
♦ toy possessive
♦ people possessive
♦ dominance issues
♦ destructive tendencies
♦ howling and heavier barking habits
♦ Higher Risk for Health issues
♦ mammary gland tumors
♦ ovarian cancer
♦ uterine cancer
♦ testicular cancer
♦ prostate disease
♦ climbing over fences
♦ lifting their leg to pee on everything. also known as staking|marking their territory. Yes, female dogs do this as well.
♦ wandering off, harder to keep on property
Did You Know that the majority of stray animals that are found homeless on the streets are NOT spayed & neutered. Unaltered stray animals get other animals pregnant causing unwanted litters. You would not believe how many innocent puppies are killed at shelters due to unplanned & unwanted litters
♦ Dogs that are NOT spayed & neutered tend to go around humping | mounting things (even peoples legs) instead of just hanging out & playing like the dogs that ARE spayed & neutered.
The reality of life has proven time & time again ~ unaltered pets are just instinctively driven by those hormones. Dogs that ARE NOT spayed & neutered tend to act more like "pack" animals where dogs that ARE spayed | neutered tend to act more like domestic family pets. So yes, there is a HUGE difference in an unaltered dog and an altered dog.
Dogs in KILL Shelters
Did You Know: that the majority of dogs that end up in kill shelters & rescue groups are pets that are NOT spayed & neutered!!! As we have discussed above, unaltered dogs tend to escape, run off and are driven to roam. This is also one of the main reasons dogs are hit & killed by cars. To make it even more sad, families that don't spay & neuter their pets often become overwhelmed trying to deal with the "issues" that arise when owning an unaltered pet, especially if they own more then one.
As a puppy the family won't really notice much since the puppy isn't fully developed. (just like a human baby or child) But once their dog gets older and into their adult years that is when the dog can really start manifesting various "issues." Too many families get frustrated and sell their dog, give it away, surrender it to a rescue group or turn it over to a kill shelter. If only they would have spayed & neutered their dog it would have saved them (and the puppy) alot of heartbreak.
Professional & Responsible breeders are set up, prepared, educated, familiar and comfortable handling such matters, but your typical "pet homes" just aren't and Sadly, NOT all breeders are either. There are countless irresponsible & unethical breeders who want to breed but don't want to "deal" with the issues of owning multiple "breeding dogs" so their solution is to just kennel them, cage them, make them live in cage banks their entire life, chain them up, put them in rabbit cages, stack cages on top of each other all along the walls, or confine them into an isolated area of some sort. So please talk to your vet and research the importance of spaying & neutering. If you do want to become a breeder, do so with a loving and caring heart. It's so important to Breed Responsibly and allow your breeding dogs to have a quality of life..
Disclaimer: We are NOT licensed vets. DO NOT try to diagnose or treat animals based off this or any other information you find on the internet. This page is just basic information to help bring awareness to different health issues that are common in pets. If you pet is having any kind of medical issues, please seek professional treatment from a licensed vet who is trained and set up to handle such matters.