Why should I get my dog neutered?

Posted by Dr Dog. May 5th 2015.

Any pet owner will know that keeping an animal at home is something which comes with its fair share of responsibilities. From health to behaviour, there’s a lot for dog owners to keep on top of, particularly in the early stages of an animal’s life.

 

One of the big decisions many dog owners have to make at the beginning of their pet’s life is whether or not to have their pet neutered.

Here, we take a look at some of the most compelling reasons to go through the procedure with your beloved pup.

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Preventing unwanted litters

The first, and perhaps most obvious, reason for dog neutering is to prevent surprise and unwanted litters. For owners of female dogs, in particular, unwanted litters are a surprisingly common problem.

It’s important to remember that dogs are not like humans when it comes to pregnancy. It’s not unusual for dogs to produce litters of close to a dozen puppies.

Pregnancy and birth can be a time fraught with complications but that’s not the only reason to stop your pet procreating. There are a large number of dogs without homes in this country already – a problem which leads to many animals having to be put down each year.

Even if you’re confident you could find homes for the dogs, new litters only serve to put greater pressure on the issue.

Reducing the risk of illness

Neutering dogs actually brings a number of health benefits for your pet. In females, it can seriously reduce the risk of breast cancer and womb infections. Neutering can reduce the risk of prostate disease in male dogs, as well as cutting the risk of testicular cancer. In short, neutering has the ability to help your pet live a longer and happier life.

Medical problems can sometimes be caused in female dogs by false pregnancies. Neutering can solve this problem.

Solving behavioural problems

Behavioural problems are not at all rare with pets. While it might not be anything serious, most pet owners experience some behavioural difficulties at some stage in their pet’s life. Particularly among male dogs, these behavioural issues are often linked to hormones and their desire to procreate.

Aggression is often reduced by neutering your dog. Neutered male dogs are less likely to roam, reducing their chances of getting into trouble or – worse – getting lost. Similarly, neutered female dogs are less likely to attract the attention of aggressive males.

Neutering your pet at a young age is a great way to dodge a number of common problems associated with bringing up a young dog. With benefits to their health and behaviour, as well as making your life a great deal easier, there’s little reason not to go through with the procedure.

Speak to your vet or nurse to discuss the best age for your pet to be neutered.

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