Spay vs Neuter – Why you should consider if for your Peke


Spay vs Neuter – Why you should consider if for your Peke

Spay vs Neuter. What is this? Neutering and spaying aids in reversing pet overpopulation, lessens your pet’s risk of developing deadly, expensive medical dillemas and also makes your pet’s behavior nicer.

Neutering is the term used for the surgical procedure that makes your female or male pet incapable of reproducing. Male pets will undergo castration (aka orchiectomy), their testicles are removed from the scrotal sac. The testicles are the main source of testosterone thus neutering lowers their hormone level resulting in a much calmer behavior. Spaying (aka ovariohysterectomy) is the surgical sterilization in females. It is the removal of the uterus and ovaries.

These surgical porcedures are conducted by licensed veterinarians while the animal is under general anesthesia so that your pet won’t feel any pain. Post-operative pain is usually experienced by your pet as it is part of the healing process. Nevertheless, it has been observed that males usually don’t feel any discomfort or whatsoever.

Spay vs Neuter

Advantages for you and your pet

  • Neutered/spayed pets are less aggressive, less likely to fight, and less likely to bite, as documented in studies.
  • Neutered/spayed pets (especially males) are less territorial and less likely to roam. Research indicates that 80% of dogs hit by cars are unaltered males.
  • Neutered pets are less likely to mark furniture and rugs with urine.
  • Spayed females will not have heat cycles that soil rugs and furniture and usually shed less fur.
  • Neutered pets can’t develop testicular tumors, the second most common malignancy in males, and have a lower incidence of prostate cancer, which is better for your pet and means lower medical bills.
  • Spayed females typically stay healthier and live longer. They have a lower incidence of mammary tumors and no uterine or ovarian cancers, which is better for your pet and means lower medical bills.
  • Sterilization does not change the pet’s personality or cause weight gain.
  • Removing the urge to mate focuses more of a pet’s attention on the caregiver, aiding in training. Sterilized pets behave better.

Source: Paw Rescue, by Robin Tierney


As per surgical procedure, it presents a certain degree of danger. Though the practice of sterilization these days are so common and complications are rare.

Sterilization of your beloved pet may cause weight gain, but it is a case to case basis. Proper exercise and diet should be implemented here. Post-operatively, the males have a higher risk for prostate cancer while the females experience urinary incontinence.

Community Benefits:

Society Improvement – Due to overpopulation, millions of animals die nationwide from euthanasia. This is such a society tragedy. By sterilizing the animals it gives the owners a chance to keep their beloved pets for life.

Tax dollars saved – Communities end up utilizing millions of tax dollars to manage the abandoned animals. Imagine the amount that can be saved if we all spay and neuter our pets.

Community betterment – Stray animals can spread various diseases, defecate on our laws, make a mess on our garbage, bite children sometimes, etc… Dogs who are domesticated cannot make it out on their own. It is very tragic for them to be alone outside. Neutering our pets would mean less number of pets to become homeless.

Spay vs neuter is basically all about responsible pet ownership. Think of what the benefits are in for you and your pet. If you are not a breeder with a remarkable blood line background for a pet, then why not try to consider getting this done. If you happen to have a wonderful Peke and you are planning to enter him on a dog show, then take good care of him.

I hope this post enlightened you with what should or should not be done. Remember that your pet can’t survive alone in the outside world. Always be a responsible owner. Feel free to leave your comments below.



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