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Spay & Neuter Facts & Fiction
Generally, statements that begin with 'I thought...' or 'I heard....' are falsehoods.
||Having a litter will help her grow up
Raising a litter of puppies will not change her personality. She may not even be a good mother, or she may need emergency medical attention, such as a Caesarian section. In fact, spayed dogs usually make better pets.
||It will change their temperament
||Neutering the male dog at an early age will help him be less aggressive
regarding his "territory". He will also not be tempted to follow the
scent of any female in heat in your neighborhood. Early neutering will
also help in house-breaking and training by decreasing the incidence of
urine marking for territorial reasons. An added benefit is a decrease
in the chance of prostate cancer. It will not turn your dog into a
"wimp", and he'll never know what's missing!
||It will make my dog lazy and fat.
||Overeating and lack of exercise make a dog fat, not missing hormones.