10. Your Morkie will look just ridiculous in a dog chastity belt! Yes these are actually sold online and in stores, for owners who don’t want pregnancy but also don’t want to spay their female dogs. Some products even work for both females and males.
9. There are too many dogs. 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?
8. You can reduce Mammary Gland Tumors in female dogs. The more often a female goes through the hormonal spikes of a heat, the greater the changes. In fact, once they’ve had several heats, intact female dogs have a one out of four chance of developing mammary tumors.
7. Eliminate the danger of Pyometra in females. Pyrometra is a nasty disease that strikes up to 15% of females. Surgery is needed FAST to save a dog with this condition.
6. 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.
5. 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.
4. 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 neighbourhood, risking getting hit by a car. Neutering/spaying reduces your dog’s urge to escape to find a date.
3. Eliminate testicular cancers or diseases and lower the risk of prostate cancer in males and eliminate uterine cancers and diseases in females.
2. Avoid messiness and nuisance of your female dog in heat. Estrus, the proper name for the female’s heat, is the time when she’s 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. There are also annoying behaviour changes:
- nervous, unsettled more alert – possibly barking more
- urinating much more frequently
- humping other dogs, toys, your leg
- howling, whiny
- desperate to get out of your home (to find a mate)
1. 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.