Castration and neutering are medical procedures necessary for maintaining your dogs' health and are recommended by veterinarians and by the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development and the Ministry of Environmental Protection.
Why are the castration and neutering important for your dogs' health?
Castration of female dogs is one of the important means of preventing infections of the womb and resulting growths, and is an important factor in safeguarding the dogs' health.
Neutering the male dogs reduces the risk of testicular and prostate cancer. The lives of dogs who have undergone sterilization/neutering are longer, healthier and of a higher quality.
Are castration and neutering natural for my dog?
In contrast to humans, the sexual impulse and maternal instinct of a dog are purely hormonal.
When preventing the generation of hormones which dictate the sexual behavior, the dogs do not sense that they are missing something.
When preventing conception and pregnancy, the female dog is unaware that she is missing something.
In contrast to humans, dogs do not seek to experience parenting and they have no control over the number of litters they give birth to.
A dog owner choosing not to intervene by castration or neutering their dog allows the uncontrolled birth of a litter of puppies, most of which will not find a home, dooming them to neglect or death.
Will castration or neutering harm my dog?
The castration and neutering processes have few side effects, compared with the risk (especially to the female dog) of non-castration.
Castration and neutering are surgical procedures performed under general anesthetic. The dogs usually return to normal function within 24-48 hours.
A survey ordered by the Ministries of Agriculture and Environmental Protection found that dog owners are sometimes deterred from castration or neutering surgery because of the fear regarding side-effects, including obesity, behavioral or mood changes.
These symptoms can be reduced to a minimum by correct treatment and diet.
Why is it worthwhile for you to castrate or neuter your dog?
The castration and neutering save you, the dog owner, and the members of your household the inconvenience involved in the periods of estrus or "heat" which occur twice a year:
- Running away from home and roaming the streets which can lead to harming your dog
- Female dogs bleeding
- Nuisance caused by male dogs gathering around the 'in heat' female
- Struggles between males that may lead to serious wounds
The castration and neutering moderate the dogs' behavior. Dogs undergoing castration and neutering have a better and more moderate temperament.
Tens of thousands of dogs and puppies are abandoned every year. Only 10% of them find a home. The rest meet their deaths on the streets - hungry, neglected or run over by a car, or are put to death in municipal or other kennels.
Choosing not to castrate leads to the bringing thousands of unwanted puppies into the world. This is an immoral choice.
Castrating and neutering your dog is the primary means of preventing unwanted litters and as a result, leads to the reduction in the killing and suffering of abandoned dogs.
This is an act of kindness to the dogs, their owners, society and the environment.
And the children?
The birth of puppies is an exciting experience for dog owners, especially in families with children. The young puppies are cute and full of charm and the dog owners celebrate the expanded family.
However the question of what to do with the puppies quickly arises. The puppies, like babies, require attention, space and from the time they are weaned, become entirely dependent on their owners, and frequently, a heavy burden on the members of the household.
In many cases, the family is unable to find a warm home for the puppies. They are thrown out on to the street or transferred to animal rights organizations who themselves struggle to find a home for the thousands of puppies.
The separation from the puppies sent out into the street or transferred to the kennel leaves a harsh impression in the hearts of the children and all the members of the household.