Veterinarians have noted that some dog owners hesitate to spay or neuter their pets because they want to protect the animal’s personality or sexual identity, preserve the option of breeding purebreds or prevent their pet from becoming lazy. However, industry experts have debunked the anxieties in these claims and tout the benefits to households and communities that occur when dogs are spayed or neutered.
Brenda Barnette, CEO of the Seattle Humane Society recently appeared on Seattle’s KOMO 4 TV News to endorse pet population control.
According to Barnette, spaying and neutering procedures dramatically reduce the risks of breast, uterine and testicular cancer as well as prostate disease in dogs, if performed before the pets turn six-months old.
She further claims that a reduced sex drive will keep both male and female dogs from marking their territory, inside the house and out, with urine, and cause the animals to be more peaceful in the household.
Finally, the U.S. Humane Society reports the cost of a spaying or neutering procedure is a "bargain compared to the cost of ensuring the health of a mother and litter."
According to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, annual costs of caring for cats and dogs can range from $670 to $1,580.