Misconceptions About Neutering Your Male Dog

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Many pet owners won’t neuter their male dogs. Some transfer their emotions about the procedure onto their dogs, and decide that it’s a cruel and inhumane act.  But most avoid neutering their dogs because they’ve heard one or more of the many misconceptions about neutering. Despite all these rumors and myths, neutering is a responsible procedure that won’t harm the health of your dog.  Here are some of the  misconceptions that keep many from having their dogs neutered.

Neutering is not cruel

Your dog will not become depressed for lack of sex. Dogs aren’t humans, and don’t feel the same way about sex that humans do.  They won’t miss the intimacy or the romance, like some people believe. As much as some people seem to think otherwise, dogs are animals, and their drive for sex is only instinct.  Not having sex will not harm, or depress, your dog.

Your dog will not become weak or effeminate. Neutering does not affect a dog’s physical abilities or strength.  In fact, neutering removes the sexual instinct that has some dogs climbing the walls. Neutering can correct many behavioral problems caused by the sex instinct in some dogs, especially in households with one or more pets and in a household with female dogs.

Your dog won’t get fat or stop being active:  If you don’t overfeed your dog and neglect to take him for walks, your dog can’t suddenly bloat up after being neutered. This is a popular misconception because it does happen sometimes—but it’s not because of the surgery, but rather the habits of the owner. Just be sure to feed your dog the proper amount of food, and make sure he gets plenty of exercise.

Your dog will still bark at strangers, if it does now.  The belief that a neutered dog will no longer make a good guard dog is ridiculous.  It’s a clear case of humans passing off misguided beliefs about masculinity and strength onto dogs. If the dog happened to be born sterile, would that make it less a dog, or less suited to be a watch dog?

Some people think that routine castration of male dogs is unnecessary. Here are some reasons why we think neutering your dog is the best option:

  • Your male dog can smell a female in heat from a very long distance away, and some dogs will do anything to reach her including scaling tall fences or digging underneath. These dogs are liable to become lost, or be involved in road traffic accidents.
  • Often, male dogs become very frustrated. They may try to mount cushions, or even people’s legs. Some become snappy. Others become very dominant, and constantly attack other dogs. Non-neutered male dogs may also scent mark by urinating about the house.
  • The risk of testicular cancer is completely removed by neutering. Many older male dogs develop prostate enlargement, leading to urinary problems, constipation and the possibility of prostate cancer. Because prostate cancer can be hormone dependent, these dogs have to be castrated when they are getting on in years and therefore encounter a greater risk during anesthesia.
  • Neutering is best done when your dog is about six months old, before he has learned any bad habits.

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