There are numerous benefits for desexing (spaying) a female dog:
Research states if your puppy is spayed before her first season (typically 6-12 months of age) then there is 98% reduction in risk of mammary tumour development (you are almost guaranteed she will not develop mammary tumours!). Each season your dog has increases the risk by about 20%.
There are numerous benefits for desexing (castrating) a male dog:
- They are less likely to be aggressive towards other dogs (not guaranteed, as there are a number of behaviours that can lead to aggression)
- They are much less likely to develop prostate disease later in life.
Prostate disease can cause significant difficulty urinating, and can be a source of painful infection.
- They are less likely to try to escape your yard
- They will not be motivated to seek out in-season female dogs
An entire (uncastrated) male dog can smell an in-season bitch up to 2km away!!