Neutering your dog or puppy is a very important health decision and should be decided on an individual basis.
As there are pros and cons to everything, we will look at both sides of the coin.
But first, what is neutering? Neutering is a much simpler surgery than a spay and is only performed on male pets.
The testicles of the male dog will be removed through an incision near the front of the scrotum.
6 Reasons Why You Should Neuter Your Dog
There are quite a few reasons why you should neuter your dog.
1. Offspring control
The last thing you would want from your dog is unwanted offspring and it can happen so quickly in season.
Breeding two dogs is very costly and needs a lot of time and energy. The bitch requires veterinary care during pregnancy, after giving birth and the puppies need a lot of attention.
The cost of neutering your male dog is way less than having to care for a litter. Also, the puppies will all need new homes and they have to be vaccinated.
Breeding should only be done by professional breeders that have the experience and registered.
2. Prevent aggression
This is a reason for many owners to get their dog neutered.
Neutered male dogs tend to be less aggressive and less dominant and show less territorial aggression which could be important if you have other pets or children.
They also tend to get along better with other male dogs and if you would like to bring home an unspayed bitch, it will be mandatory to neuter your male dog.
3. Prevent mounting and roaming
Every male dog’s hormones are strong and if there is a bitch in heat in their neighborhood, they will smell it from miles away and it can be very stressful for them.
Many male dogs tend to mount anything and everything and it can get really awkward in certain situations.
When you neuter your young puppy it is possible that this behavior will never occur.
4. Prevent cancer
In this surgery, the testicles of the male dog will be removed, therefore there is no risk left for testicular cancer or tumors.
5. Your dog won’t lose its masculinity
You may giggle about that one but this is quite a common excuse especially from worried male dog owners.
Neutering won’t make your puppy a wimp. That’s not how dogs think.
I know that it is not biological nor natural to neuter any dog but we have created the issue of overpopulating dogs and now we have to solve it.
6. Prevent diseases
The actual treatment for diseases like prostate cancer is neutering.
Prostate diseases cannot be prevented but the risk after neutering is way lower which also minimizes the risk for infections.
5 Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Neuter Your Dog
Let’s dive into the health risks related to neutering your dog.
1. No solution for behavior issues
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. 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.