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Pet Tip of the Week: Why Spay or Neuter Your Dog? (


Dawn Watson

Petey the Law Dog( 

One of the biggest decisions you will have to make in your pets’ lives is whether to spay (female) or neuter (male) them. 

We all know about the overpopulation of domestic animals and early spay/neuter programs have become fashionable. According to veterinarian Dick Rosebrock of the American Humane Association, “The research available on the physical, behavioral, short and long-term effects of prepubescent neutering in dogs and cats shows no adverse results. Based on this information, the American Humane Association supports this practice as a feasible solution to decreasing pet overpopulation and the tragedy of Banner resulting deaths. Early sterilization practices are also endorsed by the American Veterinary Medical Association, the American Animal Hospital Association and the California Veterinary Medical Association.”

Many people, some of my family members included, fail to follow through with the surgery. I’m not sure about their reasoning behind this failure but still, as a professional dog trainer, I promote early spay/neuter as a means to end the overpopulation of pets.

I am interested in your feedback on this topic; as always, CNBNews encourages dialog so I hope to hear some readers’ opinions. 

Wado, udohiyu, (thank you very much, in the Cherokee language)

Dawn Watson

Brother of the Wolf, LLC

700 Market St, Gloucester City NJ 08030