Neutering your male puppy is an important part of his first year of veterinary care. There are several very good reasons to neuter your puppy. Generally speaking, the problems that arise from intact males are either behavioral or medical.
Neutering Your Male Puppy Will Help To Prevent Marking
Male dogs who are not neutered will mark their territory with urine to indicate to any passer by that they should keep moving on by. They will mark anything. You will undoubtedly find anything from the roses in the garden to the arm chairs and drapes in the living room drenched in urine on a regular basis. No amount of scolding will counter act what nature tells them to do. For that you have to head it off at the source.Benefits of Neutering your male puppy will help eliminate these tendencies.
Male dogs will be quite apt to escape yards and wander especially if they smell a female in heat close by. An intact male dog feels the urge to make his way around the neighborhood, to look for mates and prove himself able against rival opponents.
Less Visits to the Vets After Neutering Your Male Puppy
Intact males are much more likely to end up in the vet’s office to get patched up after a brawl. Those are the lucky ones. The unlucky ones are often hit by cars and maimed or killed because the enthusiasm with which they venture often blinds them to anything else around them, including the cars racing by.
Other Benefits Of Neutering Your Male Puppy
Benefits of Neutering Dogs are excellent diggers and climbers. A dog who is determined can often find a way over six foot fences and walls. Walls and fences can offer just enough entertainment until the prize can be found, the great wide world beyond the fenced boundaries.Benefits of Neutering your puppy will help to eliminate these tendencies.
Benefits of Neutering Intact male dogs are quite a bit more aggressive and unpredictable, and much less apt to be open to obedience training. They don’t focus well and are easily distracted. They seem to have many other things to think about besides what they should. Too many sights, smells, and sounds call much more loudly to him than you could ever hope to. Benefits of Neutering You can’t fight mother nature, or at least you can’t expect to win when pitted against her.
He will be cleaner, calmer, more obedient, and an all around better companion to have. A neutered dog will be no less likely to protect what he thinks is his. Indeed his property, and his people will be his main focus and he will protect them.
Besides behavioral concerns, there are some very real medical issues to weigh as well. Male dogs who are not neutered run a much greater risk of testicular cancer, prostate cancer or enlargement, perianal tumors, and hernias.
Benefits of Neutering Cancer occurring in the testicles would of course be impossible in a dog that was castrated. Perianal tumors, those which grow around the dog’s anus, are dramatically less likely to occur in a neutered male dog.
The risk of prostate cancer and enlargement is likely to occur in 80% of dogs who are not neutered . Testosterone fuels the development of all of these dangerous conditions and is easily remedied by the removal of the testicles. In a dog that has a retained testicle, it is even more highly recommended that they be neutered as there is a significant increase in the risk of testicular cancer.
Unless you have championed your dog in the show ring and he is a stud dog who throws champions of his own, and unless he is the epitome of his breed and shows no hereditary defects, he should be neutered. There are far too many dogs who suffer from hip and elbow dysplasia, eye defects, certain types of cancer, and unsound dispositions. There are far too many dogs destroyed every year because there are not enough homes for them.
Benefits of Neutering When a dog is neutered the testicles are removed. This removes the organ which may become involved with cancer in later life. It eliminates the ability to reproduce, and most importantly it stops the production of testosterone the hormone which fuels the health risks and the behavioral problems.
A vasectomy is not performed on dogs because it does not achieve the desired effect. While it does keep the dog from reproducing, like with men, it does not alter the behavior or reduce the health risks because the hormones are still quite present.
Benefits of Neutering your dog is responsible, it is kind, and it is necessary. Your friend’s time with you is short enough without increasing his chance of a life threatening disease or accident because of a drive he can’t control. His time with you will be much more enjoyable for both of you.
About The Author
This article was written by Laura Anderson, a veterinary technician with more than 15 years experience in the veterinary field. The views and statements expressed in this article, and all other articles found on Puppy’s Place, do not under any circumstance, constitute veterinary advice. Always seek professional veterinary care for your pet.