During times of crisis, such as the COVID-19 pandemic, veterinarians in some communities may stop offering elective surgical services, including spay/neuter. That means adoption agencies must consider fostering or adopting out intact animals, with the requirement that pets get spayed/neutered when regular veterinary services resume.
In the meantime, caregivers can follow these six tips to address any problems that may arise from living with an intact male dogs, such as unwanted pregnancy, damaged property, and embarrassing behaviors:
Use distraction tactics and training
Identify precursors to humping, including “flirty ears”
Be on alert for other intact males
Outdoors, confine dogs to leash or properly secured yard