Why You Should Neuter Your Dog December 3, 2015 Health & Nutrition Neutering your dog involves the removal of the testicles. This renders him unable to reproduce and reduces (or even eliminates) male breeding behaviors. Below are some reasons as to why it’s beneficial to neuter your dog: 1) If neutered at a young enough age, there is no chance of your dog developing testicular tumors. As well, perianal tumors are very rare in neutered dogs as the growth of these tumors is stimulated by testosterone. 2) Neutering will result in fewer hernias: A hernia is a tear in the wall of a muscle that allows the internal organs or fatty tissue normally found behind the muscles in the abdomen to push through. The most common hernia found in unneutered dogs is called a perineal hernia, where the muscles of the pelvis tear and the abdominal contents enter the area adjacent to the anus. 3) Neutering results in fewer prostate problems: If neutered at an early enough age, your dog’s chance of developing prostate cysts or infections is significantly reduced due to the lack of testosterone. 4) Neutering prevents your dog from impregnating an unspayed female: In a society overrun by pet overpopulation, the last thing you want is to contribute to more unneeded puppies coming into the world. Shelters are overcrowded and resources are thin, so do the pet population a favour and neuter your dog. 5) Neutering your dog will reduce dominance and aggression: It is important to stress that testosterone is produced everywhere in the body, not just the testicles. Neutering your dog will help with some level of dominance and aggression however if your dog is very strong-willed, you will need to address this through proper training. As well, a dog that is not properly exercised can exhibit “bad behaviour” that neutering alone can’t fix. Exercising is one of the first steps to curbing unwanted behaviour. 6) Less desire to roam: Neutering your dog reduces his urge to roam and find a female in heat. As a result, he is less likely to get lost or get hit by a car. 7) If your dog is unneutered, this might make him a target from other unneutered males who might see him as a potential rival and want to attack him. 8) In some cities, it’s actually cheaper to register your dog if he has been neutered. I can’t stress enough how dire the pet overpopulation problem is nowadays. So many companion animals are euthanized because there just isn’t any room for them. If that’s not reason enough to convince you to neuter your dog, then consider the behavioural and health benefits associated with it. If you’re unsure of the best age to neuter your dog, then I urge you to talk to your veterinarian and get their professional opinion. Sources: www.yourpurebredpuppy.com www.avma.org www.peteducation.com www.vetsurgerycentral.com ToniaTonia has owned her own dog walking company and been a full-time professional dogwalker for over 4 years. She is a member of Pet Sitters International and the Pet Professional Guild (the Association for Force-Free Pet Professionals). She volunteers weekly at a local dog shelter where she gets to feed and spend time with many furry friends. She started Dogwalker World to share her knowledge and passion about dogs and their natural instinct to walk and explore. She believes (and knows) that walking your dog can be a fun activity that will only strengthen your bond with them. This website is her dedication to you to ensure that you find the tools and advice necessary to make walking your dog a success! Leave a Reply Cancel ReplyYou must be logged in to post a comment.