Neutering a male dog: questions and advice

Neutering a male dog: questions and advice

At every adoption, the very important topic of neutering arises. Whether it be for a puppy or an adult dog, it is essential to ask the right questions concerning neutering and to have all the necessary information before carrying out this procedure. Neutering can have both positive and negative effects on the dog. This is a very important step in his life, and it should not be taken lightly.

Why neuter my dog?

There are several reasons that make neutering important and helpful for a male dog. Neutering helps to prevent some behaviors, but be careful — it has proven to be pointless for certain pathologies. Thus, you should always speak with your veterinarian about this beforehand. Neutering also prevents some illnesses such as testicular tumors or prostate diseases. Even so, neutering significantly reduces the risk of illness — though doesn’t eliminate it completely.

Moreover, neutering a male dog prevents reproduction and, therefore, unwanted litters. Both dog overpopulation and abandonments linked to these unwanted litters can therefore be reduced.

You should not forget that neutering is not a harmless act and can have negative effects on your dog. A behavior opposite to that desired by neutering may arise. Your dog could become overweight if his food isn’t portioned correctly or if he does not partake in proper exercise. These are important effects to take into consideration when making your decision, and could go against your dog’s well-being. Don’t hesitate to talk about them with your veterinarian who will know how to advise you.

What precautions should be taken before and after the surgery?

For the dog’s best interest and for his development, it’s best to neuter a male dog before puberty. Ideally, a small dog should be neutered between six and seven months old, whereas a large dog around 18 months old. Several steps need to be organized for neutering your dog: first off, an appointment with your veterinarian in order to carry our pre-anesthetic blood work and to inform you about the operation.

Before the surgery, don’t be stressed. Your dog will pick up on it and that might make him nervous. Walk him, talk to him, make him feel confident so that he doesn’t arrive at the clinic feeling tense or anxious. Your dog must also fast before the operation. Usually, he has to stop ingesting food the evening before the surgery.

After the surgery, you must pay attention to his food. In fact, a neutered dog will have the tendency to put on weight faster and more easily than an unneutered dog.

The behavior of unneutered dogs

An unneutered dog doesn’t behave in the same manner as a neutered dog. In fact, your dog will still have the tendency to run away in order to find a female to mate with. During these periods, dogs can quickly become uncontrollable. Sometimes, certain “intact” dogs (this is what we call unneutered dogs) can be even more aggressive.

Even so, it is necessary to take the animal’s well-being into account and not forget while making the decision that you are imposing this choice on him. It’s a very particular recourse that requires very careful consideration with all of the necessary information before you. Don’t hesitate to talk it over with your veterinarian if you have any doubts or questions.

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