In the last blog post, I have talked about 6 pros of neutering your dog but you also need to know the cons that come with such surgery to finalize your decision.
Today, we will be talking about 5 reasons why you should NOT neuter your dog or puppy:
1. It’s not the solution to behavior problems
I have talked about how neutering may lead to less aggressive and dominant behavior.
But too many people think that it will magically solve all their dog’s behavior issues.
Neutering cannot completely erase testosterone from your dog and behavior mostly comes from training and genetics.
2. Increased risk of hypothyroidism
This disease is caused by the sudden loss of reproductive hormones in a canine body.
These low thyroid levels can result in lethargy and weight gain or even obesity.
Although it can be treated by giving your dog certain supplements for the rest of his life.
3. Increased risk of joint issues
If your puppy is neutered at an early age it can develop joint issues and growth problems.
It can cause the leg bones to grow unevenly and may result in hip dysplasia or bone cancer.
As certain breeds like the Rottweiler or GSD are prone to joint issues you will probably want to wait until they are fully matured.
4. Increased risk for obesity
Neutering not only changes the dogs hormones but also it’s metabolism.
If you continue feeding your dog the same sort and amount of food after neutering, he is at high risk of getting overweight and therefore developing joint diseases.
5. They could become more aggressive
I know that this completely contradicts everything that you have heard about neutering.
But studies have shown that neutering your dog can possibly lead to more aggression and fear, especially when it comes to leash reactivity.
Make sure to consult your vet about this topic because there is no one size fits all and it depends on your specific situation.