MYTHS and EXCUSES
Myth: If sterilized too early, my pet will suffer negative health risks: obesity, lethargy, incontinence, increased urethral obstruction in cats, etc.
Fact: The only side effect that has been shown to occur is extended long bone growth. Purebred animals may be slightly taller than breed standards.
Myth: Neutering will make my dog a sissy!
Fact: Neutering a dog will make him less dominant-aggressive (biting kids and other animals) but no less protective, active or masculine - masculinity is a human concern, not a canine concern.
Myth: I am going to sell the pups and make money.
Fact: According to the American Kennel Club's Gazette magazine, the actual costs of vaccinations and health care involved in having a litter equal more than the money made on selling the puppies. Responsible breeders do not breed for profit, but to improve the breed quality and lineage.
Myth: Females should have one litter to calm them down and keep them healthier.
Fact: Medical and behavioral evidence indicates the opposite. A spayed dog is a healthier, more relaxed dog.
Excuse: But mine is a purebred!
Fact: So are an estimated 25% of dogs in shelters (According to the Humane Society of the United States). If it is a popular breed, it can be found in abundance at the animal shelters. Golden Retrievers, Labradors, Cocker Spaniels, Rottweilers, Pit Bulls, German Shepherds, Huskies, Malamutes, Dalmatians, and other popular breeds are euthanized every day at shelters.
Excuse: I want my kids to see the miracle of birth.
Fact: There are better ways to teach children about life than by bringing animals into the world that may themselves have to be put to death.
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