Benefits Of Neutering Your Male Puppy

Neutering your male puppy is an important part of his first year of veterinary care.  There are several very good reasons for neutering your male puppy.  The problems that generally 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. This indicates to any passer by that they should keep moving on by.  They will mark anything.  You will undoubtedly find anything , the roses in the garden  Your 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.  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. Looking for mates to 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, maimed or killed. 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

Another benefit of neutering your male puppy is because they 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.  Neutering your male puppy will help to eliminate these tendencies.

Intact male dogs are quite a bit more aggressive and unpredictable. Also, they are less apt to be open to obedience training.  They don’t focus well and are easily distracted.  They seem to have too many other things to think about.   Too many sights, smells, and sounds call much more loudly to him than you can. Neutering your male puppy is the answer so that you both will be happier.

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, his people will be his main focus and he will protect them. This is one of the many benefits of neutering your male puppy.

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.

Another benefit of neutering your male puppy is to prevent Cancer occurring in the testicles, because he will have been 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. It 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.  There is a significant increase in the risk of testicular cancer.

Unless you have championed your dog in the show ring. He is a stud dog who throws champions of his own. 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. Too many dogs are destroyed every year because there are not enough homes for them.

 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. 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.

 Neutering your male puppy is responsible, it is kind, and it is necessary.  Your friend’s time with you is short enough. Without  neutering, you increase 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.

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