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Sunday, February 23, 2014

Sunday's "Living With Your Pet" Tips: The Myths Surrounding Spay/ Neuter

Do I look fat or unhappy? Fabulous photo of me by Rachel Lauren Photography
It's hard to believe that many of us in the U.S. and around the world, still believe that spaying or neutering your dog will make your dog feel bad about himself in someway (no longer a stud/can't have babies) or cause weight gain. Many also believe that it's expensive. None of these statements is true!

What is factual is that millions of dogs worldwide are killed because they can't find homes, which directly ties to overpopulation caused by failure to spay or neuter companion animals. In honor of Spay/Neuter Awareness Month—World Spay Day in this Tuesday, February 25—Cesar Millan has tackled the problem of pet overpopulation by dispelling the top four myths surrounding spay/neuter.

These myths seem to spring from humans' projection of their feelings onto their dogs. As Cesar says, "Dogs don't raise a puppy for 18 years or dream of their puppy's wedding," so they're probably not mourning their inability to bear offspring, for example. Whatever the basis for these myths, education is the best antidote.

What will you do to celebrate World Spay Day?


Sheltie Times said...

Both are dogs are rescue dogs so it was never really an option to consider for us, it was always done before we got the dogs. I just made it easier.

Capri said...

We have 3 dogs and they are spayed. It helped them avoid further complications in later life. They are still active and healthy.


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