Puppy Diaries No. 6: Talk or not feed (6 months)

Dear Diary,
Sommer is now six months old, and he has entered terrible teenage months. I came to some of my horror to find out that the “teenage” phase lasts a long time — from six to 18 months. Just yesterday, I had a common experience with Pup Mom with my recently teenage dog. When I unpacked the new coffee machine on the living room floor, Sommer enjoyed playing with the cardboard and packaging materials. Turning my attention to my husband for a few minutes of conversation, I turned back to the coffee maker and found that the cord was chewed into pieces.

Well, she's cute.

Now that Sommer is six months old, we are not only in the rebellious teenage years, but we also reach the age when many veterinarians advise ovarian removal (removal of the ovaries, uterine tubes and uterus in women) or sterilization (removal of the testicles for men). Between six and nine months is considered the optimum age for these procedures by many veterinarians. However, this is just a recommendation, as dogs under eight weeks of age can be sterilized if they are healthy and dogs can be sterilized as adults, although there is a higher risk of postoperative complications when the dogs are older or if they are overweight or other health problems.

To be honest, I began my research on the pros and cons of Sommer's sterilization, which tends to sterilize it. First of all, I do not want to become a mom of puppies for litter of new puppies. I filled my hands with what I have! Secondly, the shelters are full of unwanted dogs. Any puppies that Sommer could have, even if I placed them in houses, would aggravate the problem of over-population of pets in this country, and that would mean fewer houses available to dogs in shelters.

Here is the reality: if we had all sterilized or castrated our pets, the situation with the shelter in this country would be completely different. However, I wanted to make sure that I understood the pros and cons of sterilization and sterilization.

I was fascinated to learn that some dog owners are against this procedure. What could be the disadvantage? During the study, I discovered that there are many myths and not many facts supporting the arguments against the procedure.

One common argument against sterilization and sterilization is costs. I spoke to our veterinarian and found out that the cost of sterilization is about $ 500, which will be covered by our insurance. This cost can be prohibitive if you do not have insurance. However, given the cost of having a litter and then providing care to ensure that the mother and the litter are healthy during a two month pregnancy and two months when the puppies are breastfeeding before weaning, only medical care can be provided. expensive – especially if there are any complications. Sterilization or sterilization, on the other hand, is a one-time fixed price.

The second argument that I opened (and the one that I felt held the least water) is what I call the argument of "masculinity." It looks like this: your dog will somehow be less than a dog and will lose its masculinity when it is castrated. Well, then I had to ask myself, why not consider a vasectomy? Does the dog really feel less masculine without testicles? Dogs do not have ego, which makes it impossible. The argument of masculinity seemed to me to be a person conveying his feelings to an animal.

The third argument, often cited against sterilization or sterilization, is that dogs get overweight after the procedure. I did further research, but I found little hard evidence to prove it. Many veterinarians say that the most common cause of overweight and obesity in dogs is the lack of exercise and overfeeding.

Interestingly, the use of sterilization alternatives is currently under discussion in the veterinary community, in particular, hysterectomy (removal of the uterus, but the ovaries remain intact) and vasectomy (rupture of tubes that carry sperm from the testicles). Sterilization and sterilization times are also discussed to minimize some of the potential adverse effects of sterilization. Veterinarians say there may be an argument for waiting up to one to three years, when animals are considered adult and mature.

As in many life decisions, I remembered what my parents said in childhood: the best violation is a good defense. For me, sterilization or sterilization is the best protection against unwanted litter, even if you are the most responsible pet owner on the planet. The fact that you are the responsible owner of a non-sterilized or non-sterilized pet does not mean that all pet owners who make the same decision are also responsible. Your unspattered bitch may become pregnant by a less responsible host dog. Or your dog may soak the dog less responsible owner. In any case, you, as the responsible owner of the dog, may well pay the price for the irresponsibility of the other owner – an unwanted droppings.

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