If you are not a professional breeder, it is essential that you spay or neuter your dog. When should your dog be spayed or neutered? That decision is based on your dog’s specific breed—or mix of breeds—so consult your veterinarian. Some breeds mature more quickly and can be spayed or neutered sooner than others; some develop slowly and need to wait.
There are a number of misconceptions about spaying and neutering. One of the most common is that spaying or neutering your dog will calm the dog down. There’s no evidence for this, so don’t let your dog’s personality be a factor in your decision.
If you intend to purchase and breed a dog, please consider adoption instead. There are already thousands of dogs in animal shelters and humane societies across the nation right now because an amateur breeder thought it would be fun to try.
Since there has been no conclusive evidence that spaying or neutering will calm rambunctious dogs, you should not be surprised if your dog’s personality does not change much once the operation is in the rear view mirror. Once your veterinarian allows your dog to return to normal activities and there appears to be no complications, keep an eye on your pet to ensure they are returning to their normal self.
You should continue the same routines, training and playing atmospheres that you had for your pet prior to the spaying or neutering. Your dog should bounce back within a few months and return to its normal and happy self. If you are seeing signs of fatigue or unwillingness to return to play you should schedule a follow-up appointment with your veterinarian.
Understanding that these numbers of abandoned and sheltered animals are so high, we can all do our part to encourage the dog owners in our lives to have their pet fixed. Let’s take those numbers of dogs returned to animal shelters seriously and leave the breeding to the established breeders.