Advantages of Owning a Dog
Having a dog in the house offers numerous advantages and benefits
THIS BENEFITS ALLOW YOU TO ENJOY A BETTER QUALITY OF LIFE
- They keep you active and in better shape, given that the need to take them for a walk also makes you take regular exercise.
- Playing and running with a dog, and stimulating its games, helps you stay active and enjoy an agreeable moment of leisure.
- They reduce feelings of loneliness, and reinforce feelings of trust, security and protection.
- They improve mood and help free stress, as well as assisting social contact.
Almost all children, if they could choose a companion animal, would choose a dog
AND THE TRUTH IS THEY’RE GREAT PLAY COMPANIONS
- They are very sociable animals
- They constantly seek human company
- It’s possible to teach them lots of tricks
Living with an animal can also be very beneficial for a small child
- Helps the child take on responsibilities in terms of pet care.
- Contributes to creating a special friendship bond with another species and improving empathy.
- Experiencing the death of a dog allows a child to understand the circle of life in the easiest, most natural way.
But they’re also the most demanding pets
- They need two or three daily walks
- It’s necessary to train them
- You have to find somewhere for them to stay if travelling
- They live for a long time
All these are responsibilities that a small child can’t take on, meaning this is only a recommendable option if parents have made a clear decision.
Neutering has strong advantages, often meaning that animals become calmer, more obedient and cleaner (territory marketing behaviour and urination often disappears). The annoyance of being on heat in females also often disappears (the don’t have the same blood flow every six months, meaning it’s possible to take them for a peaceful stroll without being hassled by males, etc.). Statistics show that females who are neutered before the third heat have reduced probability of suffering from mammary tumours. The risk of womb infection (associated with ovarian cysts) also disappears.
The tendency of males to fight with other males is also reduced or eliminated entirely, and it’s been scientifically demonstrated that certain aggressive dominance behaviours (towards certain family members: children…) are related to sexual hormones. As such, neutering reduces this risk.
Pseudo or “false” pregnancy is a behavioural upset which manifests with symptoms of pregnancy: weight gain, mammary development with milk production, maternal instinct (using dolls or objects), occasional irritability or aggressively… All this is avoided with animal neutering.
A neutered animal has a greater tendency to weight gain, meaning it’s important to control its diet. Feeding a “light” diet with a view to calorie reduction is recommended to avoid obesity. A very small percentage of neutered females may suffer from hormonal urine incontinency when they reach adult age, and should be medicated with hormones to avoid this (orally administered pills).
Currently, surgical technology advances mean that neutering is a routine outpatient operation. The animal is admitted to the clinic, and after 4 hours is ready to go home.
Many popular beliefs sustain that the neutering of our pets has negative consequences for the animal’s character. We can affirm that all behaviour modifications produced by this process are positive for the animal’s well-being in the family. The recommended age for neutering is from 6 to 12 months.
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