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Spaying or neutering your dog

Responsible dog owners ensure their dogs are spayed or neutered. Not only does spay / neuter surgery prevent dog overpopulation, it also makes for happier pets.

Some of the benefits of spaying / neutering your dog:

  • It reduces or eliminates disease, infection and certain cancers of the reproductive system.
  • It reduces pet overpopulation and the thousands of homeless and unwanted animals that end up in rescue organizations and shelters every year.
  • Pets are more sociable, affectionate and content to stay at home.
  • Dogs are less likely to fight and exhibit aggressive behaviour.

About spaying and neutering

Spaying is a surgical procedure that removes the ovaries and uterus from female animals. This ensures that females cannot become pregnant.

Neutering is a surgical procedure that removes the testicles from male animals. This ensures that males cannot cause a female to become pregnant.

Spaying and neutering myths

Myth: We'll find homes for our pet's litter.
Fact: Finding homes for puppies is difficult and time consuming. Many pet owners grow frustrated with trying to find homes for the puppies and end up surrendering or abandoning them to shelters and rescue groups that are already at capacity.

Myth: The Humane Society can find homes for them all.
Fact: There are not enough homes for all the animals. Each year the Calgary Humane Society is forced to destroy more than 5,000 homeless animals.

Myth: Spaying and neutering is tampering with nature.
Fact: Dogs are a domesticated animal, which means their proper care is our responsibility. Responsible pet care involves spaying or neutering your dog. Your pet can reproduce at an alarming rate and it is kinder to spay or neuter your pet than to allow thousands of unwanted animals to be born.

Myth: Only females need to be fixed.
Fact: Neutering your male dog can eliminate some nuisance behaviours. Not only will your neutered dog not father additional unwanted dogs, but he'll be a better companion animal for you and your family.

Myth: Spaying and neutering won't solve the pet overpopulation problem.
Fact: Spaying or neutering, together with licensing are the most important components in solving the pet overpopulation problem. Homeless and unwanted pets come from the same source; someone's female wasn't spayed and someone else's male wasn't neutered.

Myth: All children should see the miracle of birth.
Fact: Sadly, it isn't possible to find good, lasting homes for all the animals born. It's kinder to the animals to teach children about birth with books, videos and visits to a farm or zoo.

Myth: Spaying and neutering makes pets fat and lazy.
Fact: Too much food and too little exercise makes your pet fat and lazy.

Myth: Females should have one heat and should have one litter.
Fact: No, females don't need to go into heat to mature. Having a litter won't change their personality. Females should be spayed before their first heat cycle.

Myth: If I spay or neuter my dog, it won't protect our home.
Fact: No, a dog's instincts to defend their territory won't be affected.