In an effort to heighten awareness about critical issues related to pet safety, Petside.com, the popular online destination for pet owners and pet enthusiasts from NBC Digital Networks, has organized a consortium of some of the Web’s favorite pet-focused sites to launch the Pet ‘Net Safety Event today.
Today, each participating site and weblog will highlight content devoted to the important topic of pet safety, with Petside.com hosting a comprehensive one-page hub, located at www.petside.com/pet-net-2009, with links to all of the special coverage. We were honored to be a part of this day of awareness!
When deciding on a topic, I wanted to bring awareness to the safety benefits of spaying and neutering your male dog! Sterilizing your dog is important to the safety of not only your dog, but to the humans and other dogs they interact with.
One of the most common dangers of unsterilized dogs is biting or aggression. To show the impact of this, I turned to my friends at SNAP (Spay Neuter Assistance Program) for important info on why dogs bite and how we can avoid this tragedy, while also helping to control animal overpopulation.
WHY DOGS BITE
- Dog bite statistics show that unaltered canines are three times more likely to bite than their spayed or neutered counterparts.
- Dog bite statistics from the Center for Disease Control have found that a dog that is chained up is almost three times more likely to bite a human being than an unchained dog.
WHY SPAY/NEUTER IS IMPORTANT
According to the National Canine Research Council, all the fatal attacks in Texas involved intact dogs (not spayed or neutered). Besides being intact, a significant number of dogs involved in fatal attacks in Texas were irresponsibly and actively being used for breeding.
Intact (unneutered) male dogs:
- In severe attacks or bites involving canines, 88.9% of the males were intact.
- Represent 80% of dogs presented to veterinary behaviorists for dominance aggression
- Can smell females in heat miles away and are in a constant state of frustration when trigged by their hormones but not able to do anything about it
Unspayed female dogs:
- In severe attacks or bites involving canines, 78.9% of the females were intact.
- Attract free-roaming males, which increases bite risk to people through increased exposure to unfamiliar dogs
- Are protective of their puppies and may bite those who try to handle the young
- Contribute to the population of unwanted dogs that are surrendered to animal shelters where many are destroyed
The easiest way to ensure that your dog and family are safe is to spay or neuter your dog! You will not only be avoiding the harmful effects of aggression, you will also be helping to solve the mounting problem of animal overpopulation, allowing the millions of shelter animals a chance to find their forever homes!
To learn more about this topic, check out these resources from SNAP: