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Old 07-30-2008, 06:37 PM
 
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i have 2 pure labradors, brother and sister, its getting to the time where we need to fix one of them, ive thought about breeding the female, but its alot of work and i wouldnt stop worrying about the puppies in their new homes,
but then again, ive heard that if you dont fix the male he will start marking in the house, my sister in laws dog would get on the beds and mark,
does anyone know any more info on not fixing the male, or am i just better off fixing them both and not having to deal with any of it.
thankyou
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Old 07-30-2008, 06:43 PM
 
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I'd fix both - the earlier you do for the female, the less of a chance for her for mammary cancer and as for the male, the less likely he'll mark, wander off etc (neutering is not a cure-all, he'll still need supervision but it will make life easier). Would also check into Friends of Animals or Spay USA for low-cost spays and neuters, there prob. are participating vets in your area who are part of the program. Best of luck.
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Old 07-30-2008, 06:44 PM
 
Location: Massachusetts
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Fix them both!
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Old 07-30-2008, 06:47 PM
 
Location: The Great State of Arkansas
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Fix both. Absolutely. I'm not sure where Haslet is, but also check with your local animal control - sometimes cities sponsor low cost spay/neuter programs as well, or nonprofit groups.

You're doing yourself and your dogs a favor by not having to worry about the possibility of extra pups and what home they would end up in...you'll have happier, healthier pets! The sooner the better, before all the hormones start raging. An intact male will seek out a female in heat and will go to great lengths to ummmm....date her. And a female in heat is a HANDFUL.

Best to you, and thanks for considering the welfare of your dogs and not contributing any more to the pet overpopulation!
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Old 07-30-2008, 06:51 PM
 
Location: Deep in the Heart of Texas
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In my opinion, it would be best to neuter both. Neutered males tend to mark less, may be less aggressive toward other male dogs, and will have less of a tendency to display mounting behavior. Prostate enlargement and testicular tumors will be less likely and there will be less discharge from the prepuce.

Spayed females won't get pregnant, of course. Additionally, spaying before the first heat almost eliminates the incidence of mammary cancer, which is very common in unspayed dogs. Spayed females won't get pyometra, which is potentially fatal and expensive to treat.

The potential health and behavioral benefits of spaying and neutering far outweigh the initial cost of the surgeries.
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Old 07-30-2008, 06:51 PM
 
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Have your male neutered AND the ***** spayed. Both of them. You'll have happier, healthier pets. And better pets!
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Old 07-30-2008, 06:59 PM
 
Location: Southeast Idaho
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For a good shot at a healthier longer life, I'd have them both altered.
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Old 07-30-2008, 07:00 PM
 
Location: West Virginia
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So you made up your mind not to have pups. IF you fix the female that ends the pupulation around your house...now be a good neighbor fix the male too. Some vets do discounts on 2!!
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Old 07-30-2008, 07:51 PM
 
Location: Swamps of Florida
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I'll chime in with both!!
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Old 07-30-2008, 08:03 PM
 
Location: Richardson, TX
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This thread is sounding like a broken record in the very best way!! Because altering them both is the way to go. Definitely. It's a decision I don't think you'll ever be sorry for making.
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