The Importance of Being Neutered

Thursday, August 22, 2013 - 9:15am
curious looking black and tan puppy

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...

All of my animals are spayed n natured at 4 months of age when considered "adults." In the males sometimes as soon as the testicals drop n can be seen or felt. Not once in over the past 30 years of doing so have I ever had any problem with anyone of them. Many of my dogs have lived to be 18 n a few cats have lived to be 21. That would more than likely not have happened if they were left unaltered. It is important to feed your pets a good diet, give them plenty of exercise n attention, to have a competent Vet n NOT add to pet OVER POPULATION. Many people "hate" animal controls n humane societies. Well, if people were responsible pet owners then there would be no need for these agencies. Society has created the problem n these agencies n other caring pet owners would not have to speak on behalf of the "voiceless" if people "owned" their actions of irresponsibility n ignorance.