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The Importance of Being Neutered

Thursday, August 22, 2013 - 9:15am
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Whether you’ve recently adopted a dog or you’re considering it, one of the most important health decisions you’ll make is whether to spay or neuter your new pet.

When it comes to “fixing” male dogs, specifically, there’s a lot of misinformation swirling around. (“It’ll make my dog fat” and “it’ll change his personality” are two common myths that we’d like to bust forever!) Some pet parents even express guilt over neutering their dogs. But trust us, he doesn’t mind, and here’s why:

Neutering provides major health benefits.
Besides preventing unwanted litters, neutering your male pup prevents testicular cancer and significantly reduces the chance of certain prostate problems as he ages.

Your neutered male will be more at peace.
Neutering won’t affect your dog’s working abilities, friendliness or playfulness! However, it will likely reduce undesirable, sometimes dangerous behaviors including urine marking, attempts to roam away from home, aggression toward other dogs and inappropriate mounting. These things stress everybody out—including him.

He won’t become a deadbeat dad.
Every year, millions of dogs of all ages and breeds are euthanized or suffer as strays. You wouldn’t want your beloved pooch to be responsible for creating yet another unplanned litter, would you?

Many states and counties have established safe, low-cost spay/neuter programs that make surgery easily affordable and accessible. To find an affordable program near you, search our Low-Cost Spay/Neuter Provider Database. If you're in New York City, the ASPCA mobile spay/neuter clinic offers partially or fully subsidized spay/neuter surgery for low-income dog and cat owners in the five boroughs.

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Desmond

Both of my dogs are neutered. Just thought I'd share.

Carole

I did not know better, and my precious dog developed, and died from testicular cancer. I would never go without neutering my pets!!!

MsPhillyG

Omgsoh, Carol sooo very sorry for your lost.

MsPhillyG

I got my girl spayed at 3yrs old and she her temperament changed, she used to be easy going and now she is aggressive toward men and other dogs and scared to death of loud noises and thunderstorm and she is almost 7 so it has been getting worst as she gets older. My 4yr Pitty isn't spayed yet but she is sooo sweet and so extremely passive I hope she doesn't change... I really need to get her done but she is never out of my sight so her sneaking out at night on a date isn't a problem. Like my first girl she gained alot of weight and my 4yr Pittie all she does is sleep she may spread so wide she won't fit through the door.

gregory

I had my beagle neutered and i'm sorry I did. now he is listless and fat. He has lost he very essense of being a dog. He doesn't enjoy life like he once did.

Mrs Marty Mathieson

He's fat because he eats too much. Like us! He doesn't enjoy life like he once did because his weight makes it hard for him to bounce around and jump.

Diane

How old is he now? How much exercise does he get each day?
What does his daily diet consist of? All of these factors are probably more likely to be the contributing factor to any dogs weight and energy level.
I live in a family of beagle fans so I am extremely familiar with the breed. Over the years we have shared our lives with several males and females beagles. I can't think of one of them that did not want to spend most of their days racing around in yard and in the adjoining fields. During the winter months, when they did not have the opportunity to get outside and run everyday, they always seemed to become depressed, listless, and gained weight. This bread needs to be on the go! One additional point. My beloved grand dad is very liberal about feeding his beagle "Abigale" table scraps. We constantly advise him that it is not a great idea, especially since he has not been able to get out with her as much lately. She has tended to be on the pudgy side most of the last two years.

Responsible

This is so false. Unless some really bad trauma happened during that operation or stay at the hospital, there is no way that would have happened. Sorry. But you are probably leaving something out of that story. And you are definitely over feeding your dog

Voice for the v...

This person could not have said it any better. 99.9% of the animals spayed or neutered do not change in a bad way just because they had surgery. In actuality they usually change for the better in many ways. The purpose to spay n neuter is to give your pet longevity and to help with pet OVER POPULATION!

Responsible

"but she is never out of my sight" Im from Philly too, and boy have I heard a lot of that down at the Animal Shelter. Maybe you should go down there and see how many Pitties are put to sleep each week.

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