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==> Dog Spaying/Neutering - a controversial topic!
See here a discussion of the Pros and Cons based on facts, not opinions
GSD Spaying and Neutering
Here we will bring all the details whether and when, and how and where to alter your dog, but let's first start with some interesting statistics.
So far, 94% of members who entered their dog data (see 'update subscription preferences' below every email) - thank you again! - have a GSD (or even two), while 6% don't yet have a GSD.
Of all those who have a GSD, 10% secured their German Shepherd when the dog was already altered. This means that 90% of GSD owners were confronted with the often difficult decision whether to have spayed their female German Shepherd or to have neutered their male German Shepherd (broadly called altering a dog).
This decision is difficult in case your dog is still young. But the older the dog, the more unlikely becomes its alteration anyway, see below.
35% of members who entered the dog birth date have a GSD that's older than 2 years. Of these GSDs, 23% are not altered, 16% were received altered, and for the vast majority of adult GSDs our members had at some point decided to alter their dog.
For many others of you this decision is still pending, because you got a GSD puppy that is not yet altered.
This MYGERMANSHEPHERD PERIODICAL will do both: Help you decide, and reassure you of the decision you have already taken.
Subsequently, we first discuss the Pros and Cons of altering your German Shepherd. Since some Pros and Cons may depend on when you have your dog altered, we will discuss the right timing as well. Finally, we also address how/where to have spaying/neutering done, the cost involved, and available help.
Pros and Cons of altering your dog
Health benefits and risks
Behavior benefits and risks
Financial benefits and risks
Preventing maltreatment and euthanasia
1. Health benefits and risks
Spaying your female German Shepherd before her first heat almost entirely eliminates her risk to develop mammary cancer and ovarian cancer, which are fatal for every second dog!
First GSD heat can be as early as age 4 months, hence spaying must be done towards the end of month 3. However, no earlier than month 3, because female puppies may be more likely to experience urinary incontinence if spayed before three months of age.
This leaves a very short window of opportunity for optimal conditions for spaying your female German Shepherd: The 4 weeks between 3 months and 4 months of age!
Neutering your male German Shepherd before 6 months of age reliably prevents testicular cancer, which again is fatal for every second dog! And where it's not fatal, the costs of treatment are prohibitive for most dog owners. This we will discuss in more detail later under 'Financial benefits and risks'.
There exist no indications for male puppies to experience urinary incontinence if neutered before three months of age (as it does for female puppies).
Both spaying and neutering also significantly reduce the risk of bladder infections, and spaying significantly reduces the risk of uterine infections too.
In addition, female dogs can get into heat three times a year, so roughly every four months, for 5 to 21 days. Whether or not they can find a mate during these periods, each heat puts significant stress onto the female dog. Less stress than pregnancy, but still, significant stress!
In a different MYGERMANSHEPHERD PERIODICAL we specifically address the impact of stress on the quality of life and lifespan of your GSD, and the extent may surprise you! Here, we can only say that if you merely appreciate the companionship of your GSD, or if you even love your GSD, you will certainly want to limit stress for your dog as much as you can!
Finally, a third of all German Shepherds above age 5 years are obese! In some places, like for example most parts of the USA, this rate is much higher. The highest risk to develop Obesity is between year 5 and year 8. Spaying and neutering significantly reduce the likelihood that your dog will develop Obesity later in life.
What does spaying/neutering actually involve?
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