I hate the idea of an invasive procedure. But it's every responsible owner's duty to have their pet fixed.
But what are the things you need to consider before getting your chihuahua neutered?
I signed a non-breeding agreement when I bought Farfl from Lenni Reed in November 2008 - I have no wish to go through the stress of owning a pregnant dog and dealing with the care of puppies, especially chihuahua puppies which since they are so small can be even more difficult to rear successfully. I also don't wish to add to the numbers of unwanted puppies which end up being euthanized each year. Farfl is very small - only three pounds - and it would be cruel and dangerous to breed from her. Most responsible breeders will not breed from any female under four pounds.
I took Farfl to our vet, Hillary Butler, today to see if Farfl is ready to be spayed. She is nearly six months old, but not all of her adult teeth are through yet, so Hillary suggested we wait another three weeks.
She explained that it is important to time the spaying of a chihuahua carefully for a couple of reasons:
Hillary takes care of the spaying of all of the smallest animals in the practice - I'm very thankful that she will be looking after Farfl when the time comes.
If you're still unconvinced, take a look at this exclusive interview Mickey Rourke (a big chihuahua fan) gave PETA explaining the reasons why you should get your pets fixed, what it means to be a responsible owner, and why you shouldn't buy from pet shops. Please be aware that there is one "f" bomb in this video! Mickey tells it like it is.
For me although the cost of spaying Farfl is significant, the potential cost of not spaying her is astronomical.