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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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Voice for the v...

WELL SAID! Many law enforcement or working dogs are spayed n neutered n are still aggressive, assertive n love to work. They listen better, pay attention better n are not looking to go breed. Many unaltered male dogs are skinny n become very stressed when trying to find a female to breed. We all know that stress is not healthy on the body n helps to trigger cancers n other health issues.

Joe Mama

Using your dog as a penis extension is pathetic.

India

I am absolutely APPALLED at the lack of information displayed by many of the commentators here!! People! I can't understand how you can discount YEARS of scientific research that proves, unequivocally, beyond a shadow of a doubt, the TOTAL BENEFITS of spaying and neutering - with nearly ZERO downside!
I'm sorry to be the one to break the news, but if your dog is fat...it's YOUR FAULT. Additionally, if the spay/neuter is performed either very young or before puberty, there is NO personality change. If your dog's personality appeared to change when he or she was about 3 years old, guess what? They simply became adults instead of puppies.

Anonymous

There is, "beyond shadow of doubt", scientifically proven research that spaying and neutering increases chances of disease, urinary infections and bowel incompetence.

Sandy

Could you please site your references, their research, and the websites we can find them on?

India

Thank you Sandy. I'd like to see that as well. And my friends who are veterinarians would love to see it also.

Voice for the v...

So NOT true both scientifically n statistically.

Carly

There is, "beyond shadow of doubt", scientifically proven research that spaying and neutering increases chances of disease, urinary infections and bowel incompetence.

Voice for the v...

Very well said. Thank you. Yes, when a pet or child has an issue it is the owner or parents fault yet they always want to point blame at someone else.

chokey

Keep it natural if you're a responsible owner. They are there for a reason. Re Cancers stop feeding that awful GMO, hormone, antibiotic DDD laced food and toxic flea cocktails

• if done before 1 year of age, significantly increases the risk of osteosarcoma (bone cancer); this is a common cancer in medium/large and larger breeds with a poor prognosis.
• increases the risk of cardiac hemangiosarcoma by a factor of 1.6
• triples the risk of hypothyroidism
• increases the risk of progressive geriatric cognitive impairment
• triples the risk of obesity, a common health problem in dogs with many associated health problems
• quadruples the small risk (<0.6%) of prostate cancer
• doubles the small risk (<1%) of urinary tract cancers
• increases the risk of orthopedic disorders
• increases the risk of adverse reactions to vaccinations

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