FYDO saves lives

Photos submitted by FYDO
Left: Lou the senior Pug was dumped in a backyard in Lake Isabella and left there to die after he was adopted from a shelter and the child in the home was found to be allergic. Members of FYDO were able to rescue him and nurse him back to health before he went to a rescue to live out his days.
Right: In July, members of FYDO don’t know how many chihuahuas they rescued because two of the four were pregnant at the time.

Fix Your Dog Org.

The number One Question we get asked is, at what age should I neuter my dog?

Don’t wait until your dog is a year old, or, heaven forbid, has a litter, before surgically sterilizing your pooch. The current veterinary wisdom says it should be done as young as one and a half months old. We recommend getting dogs fixed between 2 and 8 months old. Older dogs can have complications and females are usually already pregnant. Many vets refuse to do surgery on older and larger dogs.

PetMD states, “With current anesthetic agents, anesthetic monitoring equipment, and surgical techniques, it has been demonstrated in multiple studies that …dogs can safely undergo (the surgery) when as young as 6 to 8 weeks of age.”

Fixing your dog not only guarantees there will be no unwanted litters, but has additional benefits to both your dog and your family. Your female pet will live a longer, healthier life. Spaying helps prevent uterine infections and breast cancer, which is fatal in about 50 percent of dogs and 90 percent of cats. Spaying your pet before her first heat offers the best protection from these diseases. Here’s a list from Pet Web MD.

1. Neutering provides major health benefits for your male.
Besides preventing unwanted litters, neutering your male companion prevents testicular cancer.

2. Your spayed female won’t go into heat.
It can cause spotting and unwanted attention!

3. Your male dog won’t want to roam away from home.
An intact male will do just about anything to find a mate. That includes digging his way under the fence and making like Houdini to escape from the house. And once he’s free to roam, he risks injury in traffic and fights with other males.

4. Your neutered male will be much better behaved.
Neutered dogs focus their attention on their human families. On the other hand, intact pets may mark their territory by spraying strong-smelling urine all over the house. Many aggression problems can be avoided by early neutering.

5. Spaying or neutering will NOT make your pet fat.
Don’t use that old excuse! Lack of exercise and overfeeding will cause your pet to pack on the extra pounds – not neutering. Your pet will remain fit and trim as long as you continue to provide exercise and monitor food intake.

6. It is highly cost-effective.
The cost of your pet’s spay/neuter surgery is a lot less than the cost of having and caring for a litter. It also beats the cost of treatment when your pooch escapes and gets into a fight with the neighborhood stray!

7. Spaying and neutering your pet is good for the community.
Stray animals pose a real problem in many parts of the country. They can prey on wildlife, cause car accidents, damage the local fauna and frighten children. Spaying and neutering packs a powerful punch in reducing the number of animals on the streets.

8. Your pet doesn’t need to have a litter for your children to learn about the miracle of birth.
Letting your pet produce offspring you have no intention of keeping is not a good lesson for your children – especially when so many unwanted animals end up in shelters. There are tons of books and videos available to teach your children about birth in a more responsible way.

9. Spaying and neutering helps fight pet overpopulation.
Every year, millions of cats and dogs of all ages and breeds are euthanized or suffer as strays. These high numbers are the result of unplanned litters that could have been prevented by spaying or neutering.

FYDO is “The Fix Your Dog Org.” We are a handful of people in the Kern River Valley who have banded together to help stop dog abuse and euthanasia by addressing the root cause: unwanted dogs. We focus on neutering and spaying dogs, stopping the problem before it starts. But that’s not all. We began in 2013, and have helped hundreds of dogs and their families every year, in every day ways: Lost and found, rescue, neuter, vet help, re-homing, vaccinations, and transporting dogs to new homes, the vet, or to be neutered. The majority of our donated funds are spent on veterinary care and spay/neuter.

For more information about FYDO, visit www.FYDO.us. Find us on Facebook at FYDO The Fix Your Dog Org or FYDO and Friends, on Twitter at @FixYourDogOrg, and on Instagram at @fydokernvalley. Reach us by email at fixyourdogplease@gmail.com.