Let’s face it: 2020 was not the best year for humanity! Five months into the global Covid-19 pandemic, we humans find ourselves anxious and exhausted. Imagine, then, how our fellow dogs and cats feel, who have been battling their own pawdemic for many years. «What is a ‘pawdemic’?» you may ask. It’s when dogs and cats that aren’t spayed or neutered turn one litter into many litters which then turn into an animal overpopulation. Many of the unplanned and unwanted puppies and kittens end up in shelters where they face euthanasia or live a life of homelessness, hunger and suffering.
Your partnership helps SNAP continue to fight the pandemic. In fact, just yesterday 87 dogs and cats were spayed and neutered, as we fight the problem of animal overpopulation together. These interventions will prevent about 319 births in one year. And by the seventh year, 1,374,582 births will be prevented from being born just to suffer. Also, last week, 207 fur patients like Lucky (pictured here) were seen by SNAP vets and received vaccinations and preventative care. When Lucky’s mom took him to SNAP to visit her, she got an urgent call and had to leave temporarily to pick up someone. Lucky was patiently left in line for his shift and ended up being recruited to assist our team member in taking in more fur patients.
Do male dogs experience mood swings after being neutered?
As previously mentioned, the main benefits of neutering male dogs lie in an overall reduction in their likelihood of developing a wide range of canine tumours. While male dogs who are neutered experience an increase in aggressive behaviors soon after the procedure, spaying can make them much less aggressive over time. In fact, spaying has been shown to create a much happier and calmer male dog over time.
One of the huge determining factors in whether your male dog will become more aggressive after being neutered is what kind of breed he is. Some dog breeds are naturally more aggressive than others, so the temporary imbalance in hormones that causes spaying can increase aggressive behaviors in male dog breeds that are predisposed to violent tendencies in the first place.
Serious medical problems
A dog that suddenly can’t or won’t lie down, has labored breathing when lying down, or gets into the «prayer position» of lying down with the bottom in the air, you may experience pain or discomfort due to a serious medical condition: pancreatitis, bloating or heart disease, for example. Contact your veterinarian right away if you suspect your dog has any of these conditions.
Pancreatitis occurs when digestive enzymes produced in the pancreas are «activated» too soon, sometimes even escaping the digestive tract.
Reduces the risk of disease
Neutering will also protect your pet from conditions such as pyometra (infection of the uterus/womb). A pyometra can range from severe to life-threatening, and while there are several treatment options, it is best prevented. The risk of developing tumors of various parts of the reproductive tract is also reduced in neutered animals. The type of cancer prevented and the degree of protection varies according to the sterilization time. Conditions like false pregnancies also don’t occur in neutered pets. While they aren’t particularly dangerous in themselves, they can lead to the development of unwanted behavioral habits.
In general, the earlier it is sterilized, the lower the risk, but this is not the case for all diseases.