Why should I spay or neuter my dog?
The reasons are numerous to spay (surgically sterilize a female) or neuter (surgically sterilize a male) dog. Not only is it a medical and behavioral benefit to your pet, it also helps benefit thousands of other future animals. By having your pet altered, you help prevent unwanted offspring that lead to thousands of pets euthanized in shelters every year. See more on why to spay/neuter from Best Friends Animal Society.
Medical and behavioral benefits:
- Spaying your female dog will prevent heat cycles, prevent unwanted pregnancies, and has been proven to reduce the risk of breast cancer. It also eliminates the risk of life-threatening uterine infections (pyometra).
- Neutering your male dog can help to decrease aggressive behaviors and wandering, and reduces the chance of prostatic diseases. It also eliminates the common risk of testicular tumors.
These procedures do not change dogs' drive to learn, hunt, or their intelligence level. Also, breeding is best left to the professionals. German Shorthaired Pointers should be screened for hip dysplasia, elbow dysplasia, cone degeneration and von Willebrand disease before breeding. These tests cost thousands of dollars, but are necessary to ensure that only the happiest, healthiest dogs continue the blood lines and prevent future animals that must live with a lifetime of disease and discomfort.
Don't let cost prevent you from spaying or neutering. There are a number of low-cost clinics in Northern California that we recommend for owners looking to make the responsible choice and alter their pets.
A comprehensive list of local options can be found on the North Shore Animal League America website by inputting your zip code.
Need help paying for spay/neuter?
If you cannot afford to spay/neuter your GSP or need help with the cost, please contact us via our Owner Assistance Contact Form.
One of our volunteers will be in touch with you within a few days.