In 1973 there were 13 million dogs entering shelters every year; recent statistics are that 6-8 million go into shelters today thanks to spay/neuter initiatives.
Consider the following facts:
- An average cat has 1-8 kittens per litter
- An average cat has 2-3 litters per year
- So you can see how fast the cat population can grow.
35% of pet owners do not spay their pets. There are about 8 million strays and unwanted animals taken to shelter every year.
- Dogs can have 2 litters a year
- Each litter usually has 6-8 pups
So lets review why spaying your pet helps:
- Decreases your pets cancer risk
- Helps with pet overpopulation
- reduces behavior problems
- decreases the urge to roam
- Less risk of infections of the uterus
- less likely to be aggressive
- increases the life span by 3-5 years
A dog’s biology dictates that he or she mate every 6 months. When the mating urge is not fulfilled, incredible tension and frustration build up in the bodies of dogs– especially male dogs–that are often discharged as serious aggression issues. (taken from “how to raise the perfect dog” 2010) This proves another reason to neuter your dog.
According to this same book, “How to raise the perfect dog”, the ideal time to spay/neuter is at 6 months of age. Almost all of your dog’s major growth has concluded by this point, but the sex hormones have not yet taken over driving his or her behavior.
If you talk to Dr. Flanders about when to spay or neuter, he states the same time line of around 6 months.