The debate rages over whether spaying and neutering pets is the best solution to pet overpopulation and euthanasia, but these are both a continuing problem in the US and the many other parts of the world that needs to be addressed. Many experts feel that it is the duty of pet owners, and society as a whole, to be part of the solution to a situation that can have some serious consequences due to so many homeless animals running the streets.
Spaying or neutering your dog is an important part of being responsible pet owners. Unneutered male dogs that are not able to mate experience frustration, and dog bite liabilities are often the result of their anxieties.
A USA Today article from May 7, 2013 cited that pets who live in the US with the highest rates of spaying and/or neutering also tend to live the longest. According to that report, neutered male dogs, on average, live 18% longer than un-neutered male dogs and spayed female dogs live 23% longer than un-spayed female dogs. Another positive aspect to consider in addition to the increased longevity of altered pets is the reduced risk that many of the animals face with regards to certain types of cancers.
Unaltered pets often show patterns of misbehavior
While the types of problem behaviors exhibited by unaltered pets may vary between species and genders, these issues should factor into your decision. For example, dogs that aren’t spayed or neutered often tend to be more hyperactive and display behavioral problems (i.e. gnawing on household items and chewing through fences), as well as running away, and not bonding with family members or other pets. But perhaps the biggest issue in intact males is their unprovoked aggression and biting. Statistically, unneutered male dogs are responsible for over 90% of reported bites, with children being 60% of those that are bitten.
Altered pets display a much calmer disposition
Both male and female dogs are all less likely to bite, fight, roam, or cause accidents in which people or other pets get hurt. Spayed and neutered pets also generally bond better with people, are less destructive and aggressive, and make better pets since their focus is no longer on breeding.
Pet owners can certainly benefit from the reduced dog bite liabilities associated with spayed and neutered pets. Speak to an insurer about any insurance benefits associated with having this procedure done.