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PostSubject: Pros and Cons of Neutering (Male Dogs)   Tue Nov 24, 2009 9:32 pm

Neutering – The Positive Side


Neutering removes the risk of pregnancy.

Pet overpopulation is a serious issue and by allowing your dog to breed, you are adding to the problem. Although you may not own the female dog, and you are not burdened with finding homes for those new puppies, someone else is. Even if you accept your responsibility and choose to keep the puppies, you now have the additional cost of vaccines, parasite control, toys and food for several pets.


Neutering makes for a calmer dog.

Another positive aspect of neutering your dog is that neutering can result in a calmer, and sometimes cleaner, home. Without the drive to mate, your dog may be quieter and not prone to an incessant need to seek out a mate. The neutered dog no longer feels the need to seek out and serenade females. He no longer has the stress of needing to mark his territory and urinate throughout the house and yard. Neutered pets are also easier to get along with. They tend to more gentle and affectionate. Neutered males tend to roam less and typically are not involved in as many fights with other animals.


Neutering keeps your dog healthier.

A final positive aspect of neutering your dog is that neutered pets tend to have fewer health problems. Neutering is the removal of the testicles. Without these organs, testicular cancer is no longer a concern and the risk of prostate problems is reduced. For those people who would like to sterilize their dog but do not wish to alter his appearance, testicular implants are available.

Neutering – The Negative Side


Neutering is sterilization.

Neutering will result in the sterilization of your dog. He will no longer be able to reproduce, so if you intend to breed your animal, do not have him neutered.


Neutering changes his appearance.

Your dog will look different because his testicles will no longer be present. If the absence of these organs is a cosmetic problem for you, don't have him neutered, or discuss testicular implants with your veterinarian.


Neutering may cause weight gain.

Some pets gain weight after neutering. Intact animals typically have a strong mating desire and can expend a lot of energy seeking a mate and reproducing. Without this energy burden, your dog may eat the same amount but not burn off as many calories. Cutting back on his food can help reduce the weight gain but it is still something to be concerned about.


Neutering will make him quiet.

Pets that have been neutered tend to be less active and calmer. If a more sedentary and peaceful dog is not for you, neutering may not be the best option.

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PostSubject: Re: Pros and Cons of Neutering (Male Dogs)   Wed Nov 25, 2009 2:47 pm

haha..mine surely didn't calm down when he was neutered. Razz
he was just sad for a few days until the incision healed up..but he was back to his silly happy self..
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PostSubject: Re: Pros and Cons of Neutering (Male Dogs)   Wed Nov 25, 2009 7:50 pm

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[b]Neutering will make him quiet.

Pets that have been neutered tend to be less active and calmer. If a more sedentary and peaceful dog is not for you, neutering may not be the best option.

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It never did with Chip (or Patchs) ... Chip was a little "Wild Man" until he was over 5 yo. (Neutered at 6 months).

According to DrsFosterSmith.com this is only a myth.

They state that the removal of a dogs reproductive parts will not make it lazy. Laziness is a product of over eating and not receiving the proper amount of exercise daily, not from being spay or nurtured.

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PostSubject: Re: Pros and Cons of Neutering (Male Dogs)   Mon Nov 30, 2009 5:55 pm

Betterdog4u wrote:
Steven_L wrote:
[b]Neutering will make him quiet.

Pets that have been neutered tend to be less active and calmer. If a more sedentary and peaceful dog is not for you, neutering may not be the best option.

www.Petplace.com

It never did with Chip (or Patchs) ... Chip was a little "Wild Man" until he was over 5 yo. (Neutered at 6 months).

According to DrsFosterSmith.com this is only a myth.

They state that the removal of a dogs reproductive parts will not make it lazy. Laziness is a product of over eating and not receiving the proper amount of exercise daily, not from being spay or nurtured.

I agree with you both, I'm sure there are plenty hyper active dogs out there that have been altered, much more than being intact goes into a dog's energy levels I think the biggest being breed study

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