10. Neutering reduces health risks for male dogs.
Neutering your male Morkie eliminates any chance of him getting testicular cancer. It also removes the risk of benign hyperplasia of the prostate gland, prostatitis and perineal hernias in dogs.
9. Spaying reduces Mammary Gland Tumors in female dogs.
The more often a female goes through the hormonal spikes of a heat, the higher the chances of tumors. Once females had several heats, intact female dogs have a one out of four chance of developing mammary tumors.
What is spaying?
In female animals, spaying involves abdominal surgery to remove the ovaries and uterus.
This can be done by traditional open surgery or sometimes through laparoscopic surgery where a very small incision is needed.
What is neutering?
Neutering a male involves making a small incision to remove the dog’s testicles.
Complications or dangers
Risks are very low in these operations. Many of us don’t want to put our dogs under anesthetic, but deaths related to anesthetic during spaying or neutering or less than 0.05%.
There is some concern that spaying could cause a little incontinence later for a female, and that neutering could cause less control for a male, leading to ‘dribbling.’
Neutered dogs of both sexes have a 27% to 38% increased risk of adverse reactions to vaccinations, another reason to be selective in how many vaccinations your Morkie gets and how often.
Always review risks with your Vet before any procedure.
When to neuter or spay?
Puppies can be neutered or spayed any time after 8 weeks according to some experts but the trend now is to wait a little longer, until at least 6 to 8 months. Dogs can also be spayed or neutered as adults, but expect a female who has already been in heat, to cost a little more for spaying.
The ASPCA advises the following – along with following all your Vet’s instructions of course —
- Provide your pet with a quiet place to recover indoors and away from other animals.
- Prevent your pet from running and jumping for up to two weeks following surgery, or as long as your veterinarian recommends.
- Prevent your pet from licking the incision site, which may cause infection, by distracting your pet with treats or by using an Elizabethan collar.
- Avoid bathing your pet for at least ten days after surgery.
- Check the incision site daily to confirm proper healing.
8. Eliminate the danger of Pyometra in females.
Pyometra is a nasty infection of the uterus that strikes up to 15% of female dogs. Surgery is needed FAST to save a dog with this condition but a female whose uterus has been removed doesn’t face this danger.
Symptoms of Pyometra include:
- Swollen tummy
- Vaginal discharge.
- Lack of appetite.
- Frequent urination.
7. Males will mark and spray less.
Male dogs who haven’t been neutered are very territorial and will mark their territory with small amounts of urine – all over! And they’ll also spray urine as a sign of dominance. Very messy in your home.
6. Reduce humping!
Or as the Humane Society calls it, “inappropriate mounting.” Both males and females who haven’t been spayed/neutered will often hump your leg… or anyone else’s including your mother-in-law and your boss. That’s just awkward.
5. Cut down on runaways.
All dogs should be safely fenced or contained; there’s no reason to let your dog have the run of the neighborhood, risking getting hit by a car. Neutering/spaying reduces your dog’s urge to escape to find a date.
4. Keep your male Morkie from roaming and fighting.
The ASPCA reminds us:
An intact male will do just about anything to find a mate, including finding creative ways escape from the house. Once he’s free to roam, he risks injury in traffic and fights with other male animals.
3. Avoid messiness and the nuisance of your female dog in heat.
Estrus, the proper name for the female’s heat, is the time when your female Morkie is receptive to mating.
It occurs about every 6 months and lasts 2 to 3 weeks. Signs of estrus include blood-tinged discharge, which isn’t a huge problem with small dogs like Morkies. But there are other annoying behavior changes like:
- nervous, unsettled more alert – possibly barking more
- pacing, trouble sleeping
- urinating much more frequently
- humping other dogs, toys, your leg
- howling, whining
- attempts to get out of your home (to find a mate)
Females in heat have to wear a kind of doggy diaper that makes going potty difficult. They’re never too happy with it either.
2. Your Morkie will probably live longer spayed or neutered.
Longer life? Neutered pets live longer than intact pets – that’s a proven fact. However, it’s not clear if that’s because owners who neuter their pets generally take better care of them, or if the actual neutering extends a dog’s life.
Whatever the reason, we all want our Morkies around as long as possible.
The #1 reason to spay or neuter your Morkie
10. There are too many dogs in the world already
Those who can’t find homes are euthanized – put down – killed – however you want to express it, in the U.S. alone, more than 4,000,000 cats and dogs—about one every eight seconds—are put down in shelters each year. Do we need more litters? No, and none by accident.