Many pet parents assume spaying and neutering is a foregone conclusion… just something you do when your new pup comes “of age.” But in my clinic spaying and neutering is considered elective surgery and I cover this in painstaking detail in my book, The Best of Both Worlds.
Spaying and Neutering became synonymous with responsible pet ownership in an effort to prevent overpopulation issues. It’s true that when there are too many dogs and cats reproducing, our communities see more car accidents and more communicable diseases running rampant. Because there are far too few people discussing the health risks associated with this elective surgery, it is now common place to spay or neuter your pet in the first few months of his or her life.
This surgery is one that should be discussed openly with your veterinarian. To get this conversation going, look for the extensive list of PROS and CONS to guide your decision in chapter five of The Best of Both Worlds, which you can still get for free if you’re a PRIME Member. In the meantime, check out this video: