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Snip Tuck

by Jed Yorkshire

Here a snip, there a snip, everywhere a snip snip?

Perhaps Old MacDonald could?ve kept his farm under control, had he decided to have his pets spayed or neutered! While some people mistakenly think having a dog ?fixed? is cruel and unnecessary, it can actually be one of the kindest decisions a pet owner will make. When you combine a good quality diet for Fido with regular veterinary care, spaying or neutering can improve the quality and extend the length of your precious pooch?s life.

The procedures are fairly simple. Males can usually go home the same day after being neutered and return to regular activities within a few days. For females, surgery is a little more involved, since an incision is made in their abdomens. But females also usually come home within 24 hours, and then return to regular activities within a week or so.

So, aside from keeping your pet healthy and happy, what are some other reasons to spay or neuter? Here are just a few:

? Prevent pet overpopulation: The PETCO Foundation reports that only one out of 10 dogs born ever find a permanent home. Over 7 million unwanted dogs and cats are put to sleep every year.

? Fewer behavior problems: Altered dogs are less likely to dig out of yards, jump fences, and run away from home. They?re less aggressive, too.

? Lower license fees: Most cities offer cheaper licenses for dogs that are spayed or neutered.

? Better health: Female dogs are at risk for mammary or uterine cancer. Male dogs often get testicular or prostate cancer. These risks are reduced or cut out completely when you spay or neuter.

? Females do not go into heat: Female dogs in heat are messy, and can leave stains on your furniture and carpet. Un-spayed females can also attract ?interested? males from far away. (By the way ? female dogs can be in heat twice a year for up to three weeks at a time!)

So, as you can see, there are many good reasons to give that unsuspecting little fur ball a ?snip and tuck.? If you?re worried about the price, low cost spay/neuter clinics are available in pretty much every community, so it?s quite affordable for most people.

Jed Yorkshire is a retired teacher and pet enthusiast who writes about canine health topics, specialty breeds, animal training and grooming. An avid pet lover and breeder, he owns four beautiful Giant Schnauzers. Yorkshire also works as a private pet behavior consultant.

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