Spay/Neuter

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WHAT and WHY?

It goes by many different names-

Spay/Neuter/Castration

Trimming

De-Sexing

Many people wonder why they should spay/neuter their pets.  Below are answers to common questions as well as scientific information!

MALES-Neuter:

Castrating (removing the testicles) in a male dog helps prevent the development of dominant behaviour and allows the dog to fully integrate into the human family environment. It also prevents the development in later life of prostate gland problems and certain types of cancer. Traumatic injuries, such as being hit by a car, are more common in intact male dogs than castrated or female dogs. This is due to the ability of the male dog to 'smell' a female in heat over a range of approximately 2 miles. When this occurs, the dog's natural desire to follow the scent can lead to the dog disobeying the owner and running away, thereby putting himself at risk.

FEMALES-Spay:

Spaying (removing the uterus and ovaries) a female dog before her second season reduces the chance of mammary cancer by 90%. Spaying also prevents the development of pyometra - a life-threatening uterine infection. Conditions which can appear in later life such as pyometra or mammary tumours require major surgery, often on a very sick dog and this is easily prevented with a relatively simple  operation at an earlier age on a healthy dog.

When a female dog comes into season they are highly attractive to entire male dogs and will actively seek a mate and often become 'moody'. These changes occur before it is obvious to many owners that their dog is in season and cannot be predicted.

The Science of Numbers

We are a small island and without active management, just one un-spayed female and one un-neutered male can produce up to 67,000 dogs in 6 years.  This translates to more roaming packs, attacks on livestock, sick and starving dogs and a negative impact on tourists visiting our beautiful home.  We have the ability to be proactive and hope  you will join us in being a part of the solution. 

What if We Don't Spay and Neuter?

Illness

Disease

Starvation

Attacks on Livestock

Attacks on People

Begging at Hotels and Restaurants

Dog Poisonings (horrific random acts that affect private citizens as well as the strays).


A Few Common Questions:

QUESTION:  My dogs like to have sex.  Can they still have sex after being spayed and neutered?

ANSWER: YES!  Dogs still have the ability to have sex if they want to but no unwanted puppies will be born.


QUESTION: Will my dog's behavior change after the operation?

ANSWER: IF the dogs behaviour changes at all, it is most often for the better.  They are tend to be happier, more focused and listen better and will stay closer to home instead of roaming and getting into trouble.