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Art Of Affection
We are a race of animal lovers. Dogs have always been a part of most households. Because dogs would be a lifetime source of unconditional love, people will do everything for the welfare of the dog. Unfortunately, the surplus of animal population as well as financial and resources restrictions makes it impossible for humans to care for all the dogs. Because dog population exceeds the number of people willing to take a pet, millions of these unfortunate animals are put to sleep. The number of dogs put to sleep will be greatly reduced if pet owners would get the dog sterilized as this will prevent unwanted reproduction.
The surgical procedure that renders a male dog incapable of reproduction is called neutering. For female dog, the procedure done to prevent reproduction is known as spaying. The dog will be put under general anesthesia to surgically remove the testicles and the ovaries and uterus in order to render the dogs incapable of reproduction.
Preventing unwanted litters is not the only benefit of surgical sterilization as this procedure also eliminates unwanted behaviors that are associated with the dog’s mating instinct.
A dog that has undergone surgical sterilization will be easier to control as the aggressive nature is commonly modified but the dog’s natural affectionate personality will not be changed. A pet parent aware that spaying and neutering promises longer and healthier life would have the pet undergo the surgical procedure.
Responsible dog owners would have the pet spayed or neutered because of its benefits. Animal experts have conflicting views on the right age to surgically sterilize a dog. A dog can undergo surgical sterilization at any age. The advantages of spaying and neutering a dog at an early aged were shown in the studies conducted on surgical sterilization. The popular belief is to have the procedure after the dog have had its first heat cycle but no evidence supports that this idea would be healthier for the pet. The primary reason for early age sterilization is to make dogs incapable of breeding so as to lessen the number of homeless dogs but the procedure will also prevent unwanted behaviors that commonly surface when the dog develops the breeding instinct.
Dogs are traditionally sterilized between 6 to 8 months of age. The American Veterinary Medical Association has recommended the spaying and neutering of 8 week old dogs as by using new pediatric anesthetic procedures, the safety of the young dogs are assured.
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