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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...

If responsible people spayed n neutered their pets then the animal shelters would not have to HUMANELY euthanize so many 'pitties" or other dogs n cats who need quality homes that just do not exist much any more these days.

Patty

First of all you waited too long to have it done. If it is done before they go into heat, they don't get all the hormones going, and they do not have the desire to breed. I too years ago was ignorant of the spaying and neutering. Then it was let them have a litter first. I had to have my Stormy spayed at 5 years, because she developed teat tumors. She did have a litter just before that. My latest Dixie was spayed at 4 months. The pound had it done, after I took her, and it never bothered her. She is two and the sweetest dog, and great temperment.

Voice for the v...

So true! It has been proven that the younger the better. The pets usually do not develop any bad habits or desires, they live longer, they do not over populate, it costs less since the pet weighs less (cost is usually based on a weight range) and the recovery is usually much easier on them because they are young and resilient.

Kim Pardew

I neutered my first Shih Tzu. He was a year old when I answered an ad on our local grocery stores bulletin board. I had him neutered and he totally changed!! He wouldn't come out from under the end table for days!! He never, ever was the same after that! Every time he licked his balls and the sack was empty, he'd get this real confused look on his face. Unfortunately he was hit and killed by some asshole who deliberately swerved to hit him on his way to work one morning right in front of my eyes. Tore both my husband and me up for about 6 months. Kept having nightmares about it. Finally my husband broached the subject of getting another one up to me.
Said it was time. So we drove an hour and a half to get him. And, oh my gosh, when I walked in he looked exactly like my other one. Same black and white, with just a few minor marking differences. The one who was killed only had black around one eye. And this one has black around both eyes. It was a God blessing! I know it!! I live in a very rural community and our vet has to work on a lot of different animals. They saw the horns off cattle. One day they had a tiger in a large cage out back. The last time they had a brand new baby goat running around. Anyway I talked to my vet about this. He told me he, personally would NEVER spay or neuter any of his personal animals. My dog has never humped anything but a stuffed animal he's had since I got him at 6 weeks. I have restuffed and resewed that darned stuffed animal so many times!! Personally I don't think he'd know what to do with the real thing anyway. Although my neighbor got worried when she saw him trying to hump a full size grown retriever who my dog knew and had played with before. I just looked at the size difference in the two dogs and said, I'm pretty sure my little 19 pound Shih Tzu can't even reach her. She's safe! Nope! My dog has never, EVER known even one moment of pain and I REFUSE to be the one who is responsible for his very first moment of pain!! I wouldn't be able to stand it if he looked at me with those big eyes in pain wondering "Why Mama? Why?" There is 100% NO CHANCE of his getting another dog pregnant and he doesn't wander. He stays very close to home. In his mind, we're a pack and he stays real close to us. He even walked up and lay right in between us during our wedding in February. It DID change my first Shih Tzu. He was never the same after that. And my vet refuses to spay or neuter his own animals. Good enough recommendation for me! NOPE! I WILL NEVER EVER spay or neuter another DOG!!!!!!!!!!!!

pet83

If your veterinarian states that he would never spay or neuter his own pets then you need to seek a new pet. The risks of developing cancer is much greater without having the sex organs removed. I have seen so many intact females develop pyometra and cancer because the owner did not want to spay their pet. It is cruel to knowingly choose to allow you pet to develop certain type of cancers because of what you hear or see on the internet. Do medical research first than form an opinion. Animals tend to gain weight after surgery and also because pet owners free feed their pets and can be to lazy to take them out to be exercised. if you have a 19 lb Shih-tzu it is because you are feed the wrong kind of food and not feeding on a schedule, pets can loose weight with proper diet and nutrition. I have had obese animals as well as a result to spaying, but I weighed out the risk of not having my pet suffer through a terminal disease over the pet gaining weight. I had to do better as a pet owner and really work to get my pet to lose weight and now she is more vibrant than she was before. And just for the record it is cruel to "saw" off horns on a cattle there is no purpose for that.

Bob

You are not well informed and should not be giving bad advice with no knowledge. Know your facts before stating such claims. I strongly suggest you read a book about canine health as you need to educate yourself about the truth of spaying and neutering.

Voice for the v...

You are the one who should get your facts correct about spay n neutering! Pet83 knows what they are talking about and gave great advice!

Voice for the v...

This person could not have said it better. The vet says to not spay n neuter but rather to saw off the horns of the cattle? Really? I think Bob may have commented that pet83 needs to get the fact correct about spay n neutering. Well this person does. There are facts n research to validate spay n neutering. But if u do not want to spay n neuter for your pets health then at least do so for pet OVER POPULATION so everyone can stop blaming the animal shelters for having to humanely euthanize thousands of pet who need quality homes. Too many irresponsible back yard breeders.

Responsible

That was the longest story to say nothing. No vet in their right mind would tell you to not spay or neuter your pet.

Yazzy

And poor grammar to boot. All this no spay is transference on the part of the writers. Dogs can gain weight or stay the weight that is correct for the breed depending on food and exercise. I rescued a pug that was used as a stud, and once spayed became better house trained and a complete love. As an aside, any vet that saws horns off should lose their license. There is something called dehorning...which is similar to neutering since you plan it ASAP...Not many years later.

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