This isn’t one of my usual posts but I think it’s important. My dog Dutch needs to be neutered. It’s expensive to have a dog neutered so I looked up programs and services that help with the cost.
I’m on Disability and you can get a discount if you meet the criteria. The problem is even with the discount to have a male dog neutered is still around $175. Every site I went on preached about the overpopulation of dogs in shelters and how they have to be euthanized. The reason for the overabundance of animals is due to people not spaying or neutering their animals. So why do they charge so much? If it was a cat it would be $75. There are more programs for cats than dogs. Feral cats are a big problem everywhere. In my neighborhood alone we have about 5 that go between my house and the neighbor’s. This is due to the neighbor not spaying or neutering their pets. It’s a merry go round of animals over there. I’ve tried to get someone to look into their situation but nothing ever happened.
The other problem is you can’t just have your dog neutered. They have to make sure the animal has had all of it’s shots and if you can’t prove that it did they will give them anyway. This adds an additional $50 to the bill or more depending on what’s needed.
I was thinking of not giving Dutch his next rabies vaccination. Before anyone freaks out I’ll tell you why. Dutch is a Chihuahua/Dachsund mix. He’s small and never goes outside. If he does go outside he is being held by me or in a carrier. He doesn’t like the outdoors. He’s an odd duck. We don’t like to let any of the small dogs we have had outside without one of us standing right there with them. We have Cooper’s Hawks that circle over our house. One of these birds would grab a small dog in a blink of an eye. I’ve also been reading about the need for rabies vaccinations. Some states make you do them every 2-3 years. There are Veterinarians that disagree with this and think it actually does more harm than good. I live in a state where they want frequent vaccinations. The only way Dutch is getting rabies is if a rabid bat flew into the house and bit him. Unlikely.
So I have to find a way to get Dutch neutered at a reasonable rate without too much stress. He’s annoying my poor female Pomeranian to no end.
I’m watching him now. He’s playing with his new favorite toy. An empty, sealed small plastic milk carton. Even though he has a million expensive toys. It’s why I love him.