There will come a time when your adorable little Maltese puppy will grow into adulthood, and with that change will come the development of their sexual organs, and the strong desire to use them. There are pros and cons to having Maltese dog spayed or neutered, and this article will provide you with the essential information you need to make an informed decision about the reproductive fate of your Maltese.
The Pros of Spaying or Neutering Your Maltese
There are a multitude of benefits associated with neutering your dog, and it's currently recommended by a number of animal advocacy organizations, such as the American Humane Society. Here are few of the biggest benefits, as outlined by the Humane Society.
Reduces the Number of Homeless Pets Killed
The number of homeless dogs has reached an epidemic level, as the Humane Society estimates that six to eight million animals are placed in shelters every year. The great tragedy of this is that only half of these animals will ever find homes. The others will be euthanized, because there are simply too many animals and not enough space and resources for the shelters to care for them for the entirety of their lives. The only way to reduce the number of animals being euthanized in shelters is to reduce the dog population as a whole, is to use effective birth control for animals, which is sterilization.
Improves the Overall Health of Your Pet
Studies show that neutering can increase the lifespan of dogs, because it removes their hormonal drives. Hormones are powerful chemicals that cause dogs to do all sorts of crazy things, like provoking fights with other animals, running out in front of other vehicles, and enter into other dangerous situations in an aggressive search for a mate. Spaying also can decrease the chance of certain types of cancers in dogs, especially female dogs, as it reduces their risk of uterine cancer and other diseases of the uterus. Male dogs can also benefit because neutering decreases their chance of acquiring prostate cancer.
Influences Your Dog's Behavior
Anyone who has ever owned an unneutered dog knows how difficult it can be to deal with urine-marking. Male dogs are well-known for lifting their legs and marking their territories, but female dogs sometimes exhibit the same behavior. By neutering or spaying your dog, you will reduce or entirely eliminate this behavior. Neutering your dog can also make your home a much quieter place, as it reduces his urge to howl and to fight with other dogs. You won't have to worry about female dogs who are in heat and trying to escape from your home to roam about the neighborhood, and it will also reduce aggression in your dog, not only against other dogs but humans as well. This is especially important to keep in mind if you have young children in your home. However, it's important to remember that despite these behavioral changes, the dog's fundamental personality will not be altered.
Yes, it does cost money to have your dog spayed or neutered, but it actually costs more over the long-term to leave them as they are. There are plenty of low-cost clinics available that do a public service by offering spaying and neutering in an effort to reduce the dog population. Obviously, taking care of the puppies that would ensue if your female dog is left spayed will cost money, not to mention the fact that she will be at greater risk for cancers of the reproductive systems-which can cost thousands of dollars to treat. You may also pay more to obtain a license for your dog, as many counties have spay/neuter laws that require people with unneutered dogs to pay higher renewal fees.
The Cons of Spaying and Neutering Your Maltese
There are many pros associated with neutering your dog, but there are a few cons as well. Spaying and neutering your dogs are medical procedures, and although there are generally few side effects, there is always the chance that something could go wrong. Also, your dog will become less active after the procedure, which will result in a calmer dog(a plus) but this will also place them at greater risk for obesity. Finally, the obvious drawback is that your dog won't be able to have puppies if your goal is to breed her.
When Should You Neuter Your Dog?
Female dogs should always be spayed before their first heat. If you wait until too long, the surgery will be harder and your dog's body will already be acclimated to its natural reproductive process. Dogs can be neutered after the age of eight weeks, and females should be spayed before they reach six months, before they go into their first heat.