February is National Spay and Neuter awareness month, but at Camp Bow Wow, we focus on Happy Healthy Pets,Happy Healthy People all year long.
Many people inquire about our Camp policies and some inquire about why we have certain rules in place and others just look elsewhere. As a pet parent it’s important to be educated and informed about dog health and behavior, so we thought we’d take this opportunity to explain WHY spaying and neutering is so important, and why it’s required for all Campers over 6 months here at Camp Bow Wow.
Why Camp Bow Wow Requires Spay/Neuter:
- To keep everyone safe in group play: The main reason we require spay and neuter is to keep all of our Campers Happy and Healthy. Camp is a place “Where A Dog Can Be A Dog”, so unaltered Dogs find group play to be a stressful environment, where they’re constantly driven by the urges to find a mate.
- To prevent unplanned pregnancy: Because we offer mixed gender group play, we don’t want any “accidents” happening! Puppies can get pregnant by 6 months old and can have up to 2 liters a year.
- To bring out the best in behavior: Every dog is different and hormones affect every dog differently, but reducing the amount of testosterone by neutering you can eliminate some nuisance behaviors like marking. It can also help bring out the best in your dogs temperament by eliminating many of the behaviors and urges that can lead to doggie disagreements.
Why you should consider spaying and neutering your pet:
- To prevent canine euthanasia: It’s estimated that there are between 6 and 8 million pets in shelters being euthanized each year. With statistics like that, we don’t need to contribute to the problem with unplanned pet pregnancy.
- Medical benefits: Spaying female pets is proven to prevent uterine infections and breast tumors in about 50% off dogs and 90% of cats. Neutering male dogs prevents testicular cancer and some prostate problems.
- Safety considerations: Male dogs will be less likely to roam (i.e. escape and end up lost) if they are neutered as it eliminates the search for a mate. Your dog may also be better behaved without the excess of hormones in their body. It can help eliminate nuisance behaviors like mounting, marking and some behaviors that could cause aggression.
The age debate:
- How old should your dog be before they’re sterilized? Medical experts and Veterinary practitioners seem to have a difference in opinion when it comes to the “proper” age to perform a Spay/Neuter procedure. While recent studies suggest sterilization as early as 8 weeks of age can be safe, most Veterinarians recommend the procedure between the age of 4 and 6 months.
- Why does my Dog have to be fixed by 6 months in order to come to Camp? Camp requires dogs to be fixed by 6 months old as a rule to avoid the potential problems as listed above. While you, or your Vet may have a differing opinion, we had to make a rule that can be easily upheld across our brand.
- Do I have to Spay/Neuter my dog? Of course, the decision to fix your Dog is a personal choice and you should consult with your Veterinarian before any surgical procedure. Because of our group play and corporate policies we are unable to accept un-altered dogs over the age of 6 months for daycare or boarding.
If you’re on the fence about fixing your pet, do your research and weigh the pros and cons for your pet and for your family. Always consult a Veterinary professional before a medical procedure. Although the sterilization process can be pricy there are many options for high quality, affordable pet sterilization. Check out the Care Club program at your local VCA Animal Hospital or All About Animals Rescue, who perform low cost spay/neuter year round.