No Puppies For You!

August 12, 2021

Most clients have received the loud message us veterinarians have been sending: spay and neuter your pets! There are health benefits, behavioral benefits and societal benefits to spaying and neutering. I’ve written about this topic before, but the message cannot be shared enough.

Just because your puppy is cute, or unique, or “pedigreed” does not mean she should be bred. Most dog owners don’t have any sense of their pup’s genetic background, and whether there may be genes for congenital diseases lurking deep in the DNA. Hip dysplasia, heart disease, certain types of cancer, ocular abnormalities…these are just a few genetic conditions that can be avoided with responsible breeding. Maybe contact your local rescue or humane society to adopt a new puppy instead of breeding the one you have!