If you are a fan of vintage game shows, you undoubtedly know Bob Barker concluded every episode of The Price Is Right by reminding pet owners to spay or neuter their animals. Still, for a variety of reasons, many dog owners put off these procedures either temporarily or forever.
Even though you may not be able to tell whether a dog’s reproductive organs remain intact, you should know that unspayed and unneutered dogs can be more dangerous when they are looking to mate. If you are near one of these animals, you may have an increased chance of suffering a catastrophic injury in an attack.
It is not uncommon for both male and female dogs to become more aggressive when they are in heat. Indeed, according to Preventative Vet, mate-ready dogs can be restless and irritable. Intact dogs may behave unpredictably with other dogs or even with humans.
When female dogs are ready to mate, they release a host of hormones to attract male suitors. These hormones appeal to the primal instincts of every male dog. Even if a male dog typically does not have aggressive tendencies, detecting female hormones can cause the dog to become erratic and dangerous.
If you have experience with dogs, you may be able to determine when male and female animals are trying to find mates. Unfortunately, though, laypeople often miss the signals entirely. To stay safe, it is important to keep unfamiliar animals at a distance.
Even with your best efforts, you can never eliminate your chances of encountering a dog that is in heat. Ultimately, if you suffer serious injuries in an animal attack, you may have grounds to seek significant financial compensation.