To Neuter Or Not To Neuter Your Dog.
To me there is only one right answer to this but that is because of my past experiences.
In all fairness I remember years ago I had a male Pomeranian which I did not get neutered. I could understand why people got female dogs spayed so as to prevent unnecessary puppies and the twice yearly mess of going into heat, but I didn’t see the point of neutering my male dog. No one including my veterinarian ever mentioned how important it was for males.
Because he was not neutered he was constantly marking everywhere in the house. My couch had a line across the bottom of it from his bad habit. I’m not sure if they even had diapers for this condition like they do now since it was so long ago. No one ever told me that getting him neutered could have stopped his marking in my house.
Since that time I discovered there were also other important reasons for neutering your male dog and that is Benign Prostatic hypertrophy. This is an enlargement of the prostate gland, something that my Pomeranian also suffered from when he was 16.
Other reasons to neuter male dogs are hernias, cancer and infections. It seems that there are a number of hernias caused by Testosterone which require surgical correction. Numerous cancers are also connected to Testosterone where surgery and possibly Radiation and or Chemotherapy will be necessary.
Besides all the health issues there is the aggression problem. Dogs neutered early in life are less aggressive toward other males and are less tempted to leave your yard to look for a little doggie action.
This was a huge problem I had with a male collie. He always was finding ingenious ways to get out of our fenced yard. He was a dog who could dig his way into Fort Knox. He was even picked up more than once, by animal control. The money I had to spend on fines and other things to get him back could have probably paid to neuter him and send me to the Caribbean and back.
While all these reasons should be enough to prompt you to neuter your dog, you should also remember it will also prevent any accidental increase in unwanted pets in this country.
Today as I reflect on all these reasons why to have your pet neutered I am dumbfounded why I didn’t have my previous male dogs neutered, but in my defense no one including my veterinarian at that time mentioned any of these reasons. I just didn’t know how much it could have helped me and my dog. It took years of dog ownership before I found out all these things, after all we didn’t have the internet back then.
Today as a pet sitter I rarely come across anyone who hasn’t spayed or neutered their dog so I do believe we as pet owners have become much more knowledgable in doing what is best for our pets. Of course there is always the exception.
Recently a man called me to pet sit his Yorkie while he went into the hospital. After a few minutes of speaking with him he mentioned that his male Yorkie had a problem with marking. I think he thought I would not watch him then but I told him not to worry, I have a couple of other male dogs I watch who like to mark in the house but I have some cloth diapers that work really well for this problem.
As our conversation continued I asked him if his dog gets along with other dogs and he mentioned how his dog could be aggressive. It wasn’t until he revealed that fact that I thought to ask him if his dog was neutered. I guess I could have anticipated his answer would be no.
Then I told him if he had neutered his dog earlier it most likely would have fixed his marking and aggression problems. His response was, “Oh, I couldn’t do that to him.” Did he really think it would affect his psyche and make him feel like less of a dog? This is an obvious human response and we must remember even though we treat them like our children they are still dogs.
Naturally because of this fact I could not watch his dog. I did feel bad for him because he sounded like he was very worried on what to do with his dog while he went to the hospital. If only someone, perhaps his veterinarian had taken the time to tell him how important it was to neuter his dog, he could have had a better adjusted dog for a pet.
I have read some of the reasons why people do not spay or neuter their pets but for me I believe the pros outweigh the cons. For the health benefits alone I think you should neuter your dog.
What do you think?
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