Is Dog Neutering Cruel?

Dog neutering is a painless procedure that can alleviate a lot of behavioral and health problems.

But while the procedure is pretty common, there are still a lot of misconceptions about its effects on dog's life.

What is neutering? How safe is it? When should it be performed?

These are some of the questions you may be asking.

I will try to provide unbiased information to help you make an informed decision if this procedure is right for your dog.

What Is Neutering?

Dog neutering is a painless procedure that involves surgical removal of both testicles. It's very routine and normally is performed before puppy turns six months.

There is a big misconception that after you neuter your dog, he will become fat and lazy.

If you are wondering about the same question, I would like to reassure you that it's not true.

Out of the five dogs that I owned, two were neutered, one was spayed (read more about dog spaying) and the remaining two were unaltered. I did not notice any signs of laziness in any of my dogs, and none of them were fat.

Health Implications of Dog Neutering

Neutered dogs tend to live longer and healthier lives.

Just like humans, male dogs can develop testicular cancer and prostate problems. Neutering will reduce the chances of a male dog having prostate problems and eliminate the possibility of him ever getting testicular cancer.

Here is a short video that discusses dog neutering...

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If you are concerned about weight gain that often occurs after the procedure, don't be. Just feed your dog a balanced diet, don't overfeed him and provide him with plenty of exercise and weight will not be an issue. Actually, the same advice applies to all dogs, even the ones who were not fixed.

Are there any negative effects of neutering on your dog's health?

This procedure is not reversible and your dog will never be able to father any puppies. His genitalia will most likely be smaller than it would have been if he was not fixed. Other than these observations, I can't think of any other negative consequences of dog neutering.

Let's review other benefits that neutering can offer…

Will Dog Neutering Change Pet's Behavior?

Neutering will greatly reduce aggressive behavior in male dogs. This is especially true if two male dogs live in the same household and constantly get into fights.

Neutered dogs tend to be less territorial, are more affectionate and bond better with people. They are also less likely to bite, stray, or to exhibit inappropriate sexual behavior towards people. Dog neutering can also make your dog more focused and easier to train.

About twenty years ago, my best friend's father took their Doberman Pinscher out for a walk in a park (the dog was just beginning to mature sexually). The dog smelled a female who was in heat and jumped on her. My friend's father was able to hold on to the leash, but the dog turned around and took a deep bite on father's leg.

The dog could not be trusted and was put to sleep the following day. The sad part of this story is that the dog was just following his instincts. Without making judgments about the owners, I can just add that if they neutered him before he reached his maturity, he could have lived for many, many more years.      

You can eliminate or reduce a lot of negative dog and puppy behaviors by neutering your puppy early in his life.

Is Dog Neutering For Every Dog?

It may appear from my comments that I am biased in favor of dog neutering. In reality, I am not pro or against it. It's just that neutering offers a lot of real advantages to you, the dog owner. But, of course, the final decision is all yours.

To be fair, there are a lot of unaltered dogs who are happy, healthy and do not present any problems to their owners. Out of five dogs that I owned, two were not altered. The unaltered dogs did not give me any major problems that would have put me in the "pro" or "against" camp. But your situation may be different from mine.

And if all dogs were neutered, you would not own your wonderful puppy or be reading this website! So, don't rush, think hard if dog neutering is for your puppy or not, and remember: the procedure is not reversible.

My advise to you is, if you have any questions or concerns regarding this procedure, talk to your pet's veterinarian. He or she will be able to provide you with more information to help you make an informed decision.

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