SPAYING AND NEUTERING YOUR SHIBA INU
In Colorado we are legally required to spay and neuter all our dogs or puppies prior to placing them in homes. While some rescues do a deposit system, many of these programs have no follow-through. Many adopted puppies from rescues that were not fixed, went on to birth litters of their own or grew well into adulthood, still not spayed or neutered. “Owners that adopt animals from humane organizations routinely sign a spay-neuter contract. However, compliance with such contracts is typically < 60%.” Considering that 40,000 dogs and cats are euthanized in Colorado each year alone and around 11 million dogs and cats are euthanized annually in the US, Colorado Shiba Inu Rescue firmly believes we must spay/neuter and not add to the pet overpopulation crisis.
Many shelters spay and neuter their puppies, and kittens, as young as 6-8 weeks of age. Every Creature Counts is a low cost spay/neuter clinic that provides service to not only rescues, but also pet owners and they will spay and neuter as young as 10 weeks in dogs as long as they weigh at least two pounds. The Denver Dumb Friends League, Larimer Humane Society, Weld County Humane Society, Boulder County Humane Society, Aurora Animal Shelter, Adam’s County Animal Shelter, Every Creature Counts, Animal House, Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region are many of the animal shelters across Colorado and they all spay and neuter puppies and kittens of any age prior to adoption. And these are just some shelters in Colorado.
The American Humane Association’s stance :
“American Humane Association fully supports early (i.e., prepubescent) spaying and neutering. The research on the physical, behavioral, and short- and long-term effects of prepubescent neutering in dogs and cats shows no adverse results. American Humane Association supports this practice as a feasible solution to decreasing pet overpopulation and the tragedy of resulting deaths.”
So between the low increase of potential medical risks (with hip dysplasia being seen more in larger pure bred dogs), the significant decrease in not only mammary cancers and pyometras in female dogs but also testicular and prostate cancers in male dogs, the large number of dogs surrendered to shelters that are not fixed compared to those that are, how many dogs are euthanized each year due to our pet over-population problem and the fact that hundreds of animal shelters across the country spay and neuter puppies and kittens at young ages safely, I feel the benefits outweigh the small potential for risks by spaying and neutering any puppies that come into our rescue.
References: http://www.imom.org/spay-neuter/pdf/kustritz.pdf http://shihtzuguru.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/09/Long-term-risks-and-benefits-of-early-age-gonadectomy-in-dogs.pdf http://www.petmd.com/dog/care/evr_determining_best_age_to_spay_or_neuter http://www.americanhumane.org/animals/stop-animal-abuse/fact-sheets/juvenile-spay-neuter.html