Is spaying and neutering beneficial to Pugs?
Neutering, spaying,sterilizing, altering, or fixing refer to a method used to control the canine population. Spaying female Pugs and neutering male Pugs means removing their reproduction organs so that they cannot procreate.
You probably think that whether you breed your Pug or not is a personal preference. To some degree, this may be true. As a responsible pet owner, unless you are either a dedicated breeder or plan to show the animal, you should have your pet altered.
Millions of unwanted pets are born each year. Thousands of these animals are Pugs. The shelters are already over populated. There are more dogs than homes for them. In the United States alone, over a millions dogs are euthanized annually.
Several states in the United States have laws that force mandatory spaying and neutering. Pet owners must have this procdure done.Pets from shelters and rescue groups undergo sterilization before adoption.
Some buyers purchase Pug puppies because they are cute. Yes, most puppies are cute. Yet, puppies grow up. Not realizing that dogs need a lot of attention and training before they become well behaved, these impulse buyers have no idea what pet ownership entails.
A Pug is a great responsibility. A conscientious pet owner wants to give his pet the best affordable care. With a top quality diet, veterinarian bills, pet supplies, and other paraphernalia, the cost of pet ownership can become very expensive. Some owners do not want or cannot accept these responsibilities.
Maybe you think that because you paid hundreds or even thousands of dollars for your Pug, you can breed the animal. You can then sell all of the puppies and make a huge profit. What happens if you cannot sell all of the puppies? You will have to find homes for them. If you cannot, these animals may become unwanted pets.
Becoming a qualified breeder takes years of study, research, money, and patience. Unless you can make these commitments, it is best to leave the breeding to qualified breeders. Hobby breeding weakens the breed. It produces sub-standard puppies.
A responsible pet owner should have his Pug neutered. Millions of animals face euthanasia annually. Because of over population in the United States, there is an attempt to require mandatory sterilization. In some Texas cities, there are ordinances that require all pet owners that do not sterilize their pet to obtain a breeder’s licenses, pay a registration fee, and attend a series of educational classes.
Some believe that this interfere with their rights. They are responsible dog owners. They feel that they are being punished because of irresponsible pet owners. These laws attempt to control the high number of homeless animals and the high euthanasia rates in the shelters.
Some states even require those animals sold in pet stores have to be spayed and neutered. States have made the procedure more affordable. Most provide financial assistance to low income individuals.
When should you sterilize your Pug?
Some veterinarians recommend sterilization between the ages of four and six months of age. Any animals adopted from a sheltered or the humane society is either already sterilized or must undergo the procedure within thirty days. Many of these animals are younger than four months old. It the owner fail to comply, he face a misdemeanor charge.
Spaying your female Pug presents several advantages. These are:
- The animal has a healthier life.
- It helps to prevent breast cancer.
- The female Pug no longer comes in heat every six months, dripping blood all over, and attracting male dogs.
- It eliminates unwanted litters
- It prevents ovarian cancer
- It prevents pyometra, endometrites, and other uterine infections that can kill your Pug.
- It helps keep your animal from digging out of the yard and strays from digging in.
Permanent sterilizing your male Pug is the most effective method of controlling the dog population.
- The animal lives longer.
- Male Pugs cannot get testicular cancer.
- They have a better chance of avoiding prostate disease.
- It helps to eliminate the urge to dig out of the yard. The animal no longer has the urge to mate. They do not need to escape looking for a mate.
- They are less aggressive toward other males.
- They do not get into fights.
- Your Pug is more affectionate.
- Sterilization prevents accidental and irresponsible breeding
- It eliminates inappropriate sexual conduct such as mounting
- It eliminates the male’s need to mark its territory by spraying urine all over.
- It helps to control acne, because it helps to eliminate hormonal surges and imbalances.
Sterilization does have some problems.
- One out of three animals gain weight. A fixed animal does not become obese unless over fed. You can control the animal’s weight by monitoring the amount and quality of food fed. Exercise is also important. If there is a weight increase, you may need to cut back on the food quantity.
- A male’s odor might change. Other males try to mount him.
- Hormonal changes may make the male unable to control its urine discharges.
- Usually, spaying and neutering is safe. In a small number of cases, the animal may have complications from the anesthetics. Like with any other surgery, there may be some danger of infection and bleeding.
- The animal becomes afraid of everything.
Most studies are inconclusive. The only agreement between those for sterilization and those against it is that it reduces the animal population.
Some breeders give limited registration to potential buyers. Spaying and neutering is purchase requirement. The potential buyer must have the animal altered. Usually, this must occur prior to the animal reaching 6 months of age. Show dogs are exempt.
Several Pug Rescue groups want to help with unwanted Pugs. If you cannot or do not want your pet, get in touch with one of these groups. Do not just abandon the animal.
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