Should I get my dog spayed?
In order to prevent overpopulation, spaying your female dog is the responsible thing to do.
Spaying refers to the surgical procedures that permanently sterilize your female pet, and will prevent your dog from getting pregnant. You don’t want one ill-fated midnight rendezvous in your front yard to lead to an unexpected litter of puppies, now do you?
According to Lemonade’s veterinary expert, Dr. Stephanie Liff, the cost of a routine dog spaying can range anywhere between $250 to $2,000. Having your dog spayed can feel like an overwhelming expense, but Lemonade Pet’s customized packages for puppies will help take the bite out of hefty vet bills.
Un-neutered male dogs can also be more prone to roaming than female dogs
Valm also added that un-neutered male dogs can also be more prone to roaming — running away or wandering out of the house in an attempt to find a mate. That said, the likelihood of this behavior can be decreased by neutering your male dog.
Male and female dogs sometimes have different, biological-sex-specific health issues
“Health issues in un-neutered pets differ between the sexes. Female dogs may develop mammary tumors or an infected uterus, while testicular cancer and prostate issues occur in males,” Jessica May, lead veterinarian at FirstVet, told INSIDER.
Notably, neutering and spaying your dogs can reduce many of these risks. May also added that the timing of both male neutering and female spaying can also impact a dogs risk for developing certain diseases and health problems.
According to the American Animal Hospital Association, spaying a female dog before her first heat cycle greatly reduces the risk of her developing mammary tumors. In addition, neutering a male dog can reduce the animals risk of developing prostatic cancer and virtually eliminate its risk of developing testicular cancer.
Surprising Differences: Male VS Female Dogs
Are you thinking of adopting a second dog? Adding new furry family members can be exciting for you and your current dog. But bringing another dog into your home is not a decision to take lightly. Along with breed and activity level, gender matters with a second dog.
Getting another dog to keep the first company can make both dogs happy. Having companions can reduce aggressive behavior and make it easier to train both dogs.
You may wonder, does gender matter when choosing a second dog? Can two male dogs get along? Can two female dogs get along? You may wonder if I have a female dog; should I get a male or female dog?
The answers, of course, depend on the dogs. Before getting a second dog, you must ensure the new dog is compatible with the first.