Spaying or neutering your dog is a very controversial subject. Humane societies and shelters often emphasize the negative consequences of overpopulation. Every year, thousands of dogs are euthanized because a family either didn’t want them or was unable to care for them. These dogs may have come from very loving homes. They may have been purebred. But the bottom line is that there was no one to care for them. There are many other reasons to spay or neuter your dog that focus on more positive aspects. For instance, a female in heat tends to bleed all over your house. When she bleeds in your yard, male dogs will even dig under fences to get to her. By spaying her, you can prevent the messes that will otherwise result. Male dogs tend to urinate on household items and can display aggressive behavior when they are not neutered. Research has also shown that many reproductive cancers and other diseases are less common in dogs that were spayed or neutered at a young age. If the expense of getting your dog fixed is a concern, there are many organizations that work with veterinary offices to offer reduced pricing on these surgical procedures. Additionally, the cost of caring for even one litter of puppies can be quite a bit more than the cost of spaying your dog. Some people prefer to have their females have one litter of puppies before having her spayed. Those who breed their dogs will probably want each female to produce multiple litters before having her spayed. Once you are no longer willing to go through the hassle that comes with having a female in heat and caring for litters of puppies, you should have your dog spayed. If your male is not neutered, he will also have a tendency to travel for miles when there is a female in heat. Once he is fixed, he is less likely to roam quite as far. It is important to make the best decision for you and your dog when it comes to spaying or neutering.
You may want to invest in dog panties if you do not like the other alternatives.