Making a decision to spay or neuter our pets is not an easy decision. It’s not something like tasting a food and if you don’t like it, you will just drop the food. If you really love your pet, it will be a tough decision for you for there are advantages and disadvantages.
To me personally, the advantages are effective as soon as you do the process, but the disadvantages are in the long run may be something out of our control as our beloved pets ages. Lets go first with the advantages.
- Better bladder performance as your pet age. Our pets are also like human, as humans age, there is a great chances that we will have bladder issues. Dogs when sterile will not have this problem when they get old, therefore, spaying or neutering them will be more convenient.
- Sex drive slow down. A pet with lesser sex drive is great advantage to it’s owners or the people around them. Female cat in heat becomes noisy and out of control when they are in heat. Male dogs on the other hand, roam away from home to look for its pair. My dog Bubbles used to roam away before without going home for 3 days when he used to do this. When he comes home, he was dirty and hungry and much more thinner every time.
- Unwanted litters follows when the sex drive of your pet were slowed down. This will follow controlling pet population as well. This is greatly applicable to our beloved puspin and aspin.
- Reduced markings. Both cats and dogs likes to pee anywhere, if you think that they do this out of not being disciplined, you are wrong especially when it comes to male cat or male dog. This purposely do this, to mark territories. Steriled cats and dogs reduce doing this after the process.
Disadvantages of this will not be out of the way, this is what we need to think more than the advantages. We should be ready to face the not so good effect of having this process for our beloved fur friends.
- Risk of hypothyroidism. This is when you pets thyroid gland goes through an abnormally low activity. It’s effect includes thinning of the fur, dull hair or coat for both cats and dogs, excessive shedding and scaling, becomes more lazy and tends to gain weight. In addition, the ability to tolerate cold also becomes a problem.
- Higher risks to sarcoma is also evident if the process is done for pets less than five months old. Sarcoma is a cancerous, malignant tumor that can grow on dogs outside skin or on tissues in the body. It can be fatal as there is no confirmed cure for this disease.
Presented with all these advantage and disadvantages, you will have a better guide to prepare for deciding whether to go ahead or not with your pet. I am not an expert on this and what I have written are both from my experiences with my pets backed up with online research.
I am actually in the process of decision making for my puspin Max if I should go ahead and push through in having him spayed.