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Thursday, March 13, 2008

About Spaying and Neutering

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There are so many people that keep asking whether or not to spay their Labrador Retriever. I have to admit that when we were ready to spay Dakota, my aunt went into a tizzy about how we shouldn’t spay her because she was a purebred and we should at least get one litter out of her. For us, it was more about protecting her from any future deadly illness then having puppies. Sure, she would have made an excellent mom but luckily we did spay her at 6 months old because when she was just under 2 years old, she was diagnosed with Canine Hip Dysplasia (CHD). No responsible breeder will ever breed a dog with CHD.

With all the questions surrounding spaying and neutering dogs, I finally sat down and wrote an article about spaying and neutering. It is my hope that dog owners will get the facts about spaying and neutering their dogs; from surgery and benefits to myths and facts so they can make a responsible decision that best suits their family.

Read the article here and let me know what you think.

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Blogger Kate said...

Great article. More people need to be properly informed about spaying and neutering. Be responsible. If you are not able/ willing to take care of a litter of puppies or make sure they will go to a loving home, then have your dog fixed. Yes, I felt awful for the first little while that we had Diesel fixed. But I of course know that it was the right choice. Although I would love to have a dozen more of him, like you said - what are the chances of having a carbon copy of your dog... 0%

March 13, 2008 8:02 AM  
Blogger Shannon said...

Kate - Thanks for the feedback on the article. I wanted to show my support for spaying/neutering without being pushy. It is, after all, a personal decision and not one can be told what to do. My cousin just bred his pit bull and he has absolutely no clue - just loved his dog's temperment and wanted to make money. And to think - he lives in Florida! I can only imagine what his loose screen of the prospective families is going to lead to. *sigh*

March 15, 2008 6:16 AM  

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