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Old 04-21-2019, 06:52 PM
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Question I don't want puppies but my parents do. How do I change their minds?

Hello! Soon we will be getting a puppy. We are getting a female and my parents think that when she is old enough we should let her have 1 litter of puppies. I personally would prefer to get her fixed and not do that but they think that we should let her and their logic is that all female dogs should be able to experience having puppies at least once. I understand but I would really just prefer not to. If you agree with me do you have any ideas on how to change their minds? And if you agree with them what is your argument? I'd like to know so I can consider it. Thanks!
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Old 04-22-2019, 08:54 AM
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-In the U.S., there are an estimated 6-8 million homeless animals entering animal shelters every year

-Barely half of these animals are adopted. Tragically, the rest are euthanized.

-These are healthy, sweet pets who would have made great companions.

-Spayed female dogs live 23% longer than unspayed female dogs (Having your dog live a healthier and longer life is enough of a reason to get your dog spayed before her first heat)

-Spaying helps prevent uterine infections and breast cancer, which is fatal in about 50 percent of dogs and 90 percent of cats. Spaying your pet before her first heat offers the best protection from these diseases

-Every year, millions of cats and dogs of all ages and breeds are euthanized or suffer as strays. These high numbers are the result of litters that could have been prevented by spaying or neutering.

-For every dog that is bought, there is a dog, in need of a family, at the shelter who will not be adopted.

-Most puppies delivered to an animal shelter do not find homes. Rather they are euthanized after 7 to 10 days due to economics and lack of space. For most people, that thought is an extreme burden for their conscience

- No matter how you look at the issue, the idea of producing more dogs to meet the “demands” of people who are willing to pay thousands of dollars for a purebred pup while there are hundreds of thousands of purebred dogs waiting in overcrowded shelters is incredibly irresponsible.

-If we wish to put an end to the gross pet overpopulation problem and provide loving forever homes for dogs who truly need it, there is no real justification for the perpetuation of dog breeding.
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Old 04-22-2019, 09:31 AM
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Dogs don't have any notion of 'wanting puppies'.



Maybe look up the risks associated to pregnancies to change their mind? Especially the vet bills...
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Old 04-22-2019, 01:58 PM
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If your dog has puppies, and then just one or two of those puppies has puppies....and one or two of those puppies has puppies..and so on, just think of how many dogs will be added to the overpopulation problem.

In about 4 years' time there would be 30+ puppies added to the overpopulation and homeless problem. How many dogs in shelters will be put down if they don't get adopted because someone is adopting the dogs that your parents purposefully want to breed? How many of the direct descendants of your dog will be put down because they also end up in a shelter somewhere along the way?

If people that purposefully breed their dog had to walk through an animal shelter and point out 5-10 dogs that may end up euthanized just to make up for the 5-10 dogs that they're bringing into the world so they can let their dog have puppies, then we wouldn't have this overwhelming overpopulation problem.

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Thank you all so much! I will be sure to bring up all these points to them!
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The other issue to raise is the responsibility for background health information from both dogs, and the risks that are inherent with any pregnancy and birth and might lead to vet intervention which is likely to be costly.


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