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December 9, 2013
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Question and Answer on a 3 Dog Family

Question and Answer on a 3 Dog Family

In this short video, Ed Frawley answers a customerís question about their 3 male house dogs. The customer is having difficulties with the 3 males getting into dog fights. Ed will dispel a few myths and give a few solutions to manage a very complex situation. For more information on what is covered in this video check out these articles & videos written by Ed Frawley:

December 9, 2013   |   6 Minutes, 56 Seconds

Leerburg Q&A
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Question: Why does your webpage say that you think neutering is bad for a dog's health? Shame on you!

Why on earth does your page say that you think neutering is bad for a dog's health? Suggesting to owners that they shouldn't neuter is totally irresponsible given the global problem of strays and unwanted pets being pts. There is a dog welfare crisis in every country which isn't helped by this kind of misguided advice. Breeders likewise are responsible for much of this overpopulation and owners should be encouraged to adopt a rescue dog rather than buy from someone who's purely profit-driven. Shame on you!

Cindy's Response:

Neutering (specifically early neutering) is detrimental to a dog's long term health and development.  We haven't bred a litter in over 6 years but even if we were still breeding that doesn't change the science behind why removing a dog's ovaries and testes is NOT recommended.  We are huge proponents of rescue, we are regular contributors to our local animal shelters (both dog, cat and horse rescue organizations) 

I respect your opinion but would also recommend you do a little more research about the actual facts before trying to shame us.  Bottom line is the irresponsible people who are allowing their dogs to breed indiscriminately are probably not going to spay or neuter anyway nor will they likely be looking to us for advice.  We suggest waiting for a neuter/spay until the dog is physically and mentally mature UNLESS the owners are unable or unwilling to prevent accidental breeding. I personally won't ever spay or neuter my own dogs unless there is a medical necessity to do so.  It's not difficult to prevent accidental breedings. 

Please watch this:
Dr. Karen Becker is a very well respected veterinarian and she may make this more clear to you. 

Cindy Rhodes

For more questions on this topic, see our Q&A on Neutering.

We get a number of Q&As every week, if you would like to read this week's Q&As, click here and check out the 'Recent Questions' section!

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Hi Ed and Cindy!

I'm emailing you all the way from the Philippines to say thank you. I brought home a puppy two and a half weeks ago and I've been surviving thanks to your very informative articles and DVDs. 

Really appreciate the expertise you both share with us dog owners (new and old).


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