Spay/Neuter Saves Lives6-Jul-2021
Spaying and neutering (referred to collectively as “sterilization” here in Mexico) not only helps prevent unwanted puppies from being born on the street with little chance of survival, but it saves the lives of those dogs that are sterilized. During a recent campaign, a lactating mother showed up. We couldn’t sterilize her because it was too soon after having given birth and we hope we can get back and find her before she goes into heat again and breeds another litter of puppies. This is no life for these female dogs who remain constantly pregnant, or nursing their pups and live only to start the process all over again. You will recognize them when you see them – it’s obvious and the more puppies they have birthed, the more stretched and sagging their underside – sometimes even dragging the ground.
The males have it just as rough. Their instinct is to breed and they may get into fights over females leading to horrible injuries.
Both genders have to contend with transmissible venereal tumor (TVT) which is a sexually transmitted cancer. Normally it is found in the genitals but because of how dogs sniff each other to introduce themselves, many dogs get this in their nose, mouth, eyes, and up into their brain. This disease, if caught early, is treatable with chemotherapy – but sometimes the complications it causes make treatment difficult, costly, and even life threatening.
This disease is highly contagious, but so easy to prevent by sterilizing dogs before they are old enough to breed. There are some photos below that may be a graphic to look at – but if you are out in the barrios or in some neighborhoods, you will see dogs with these tumors wandering the streets. Eventually, the cancer will kill the dog, but in the meantime it spreads and infects so many more.