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Neuter Or Not To Neuter

After years of asking dozens of dog owners if you can pet their pet, we all begin to wonder if we are ready to bring home our own canine companion, thinking how difficult could it be? Little do we know that being a dog’s guardian comes with its own set of responsibilities. Not only do you have to continuously care for them around the clock, but it is also absolutely necessary that you choose a pet that fits your lifestyle which makes it easier for your new canine friend to adapt to its new life. Before you really go out and get your pet, you should evaluate whether you are fit to give them the care they require. This includes the basic necessities such as food, water, toys and shelter along with other responsibilities that involve grooming, training, walking and playing with them to keep them entertained. Along with all these things, your pet's health and safety should be at the forefront of your mind. And when we talk about the health of a dog, there is one thing that comes to mind: Neutering! So, Neuter or not to Neuter!?

People who have male dogs often wonder if they should neuter their dogs or not. You are not alone, there are many people who have the same question. Everyone has a strong opinion about neutering a dog in general. Some are all in for it while some of them are completely against it. In this article, we will try to be unbiased towards both the options and show you the neutral picture.

If you are breeding or showing your dog, we suggest that you do not neuter him. Breeding and neutering are not used in the same sentence for obvious reasons. And in the case of show dogs, dog shows usually like to see dogs with all of their parts intact. Also, if your dog is an athlete or a hunting dog, you may also want to consider not neutering your dog. Opinions about the timeline of neutering a dog vary depending on who you ask for advice. If you ask for the opinion of a veterinary or a shelter worker, they may advise you that the best time to neuter your dog is by the age of 2 months. Whereas, if a breeder is asked for their opinion, he would recommend neutering at a later stage of their lives.

The thought of neutering your dog comes with a few sets of questions and doubts. Namely, will it reduce the aggressive behavior? Will it have any health benefits? Will it hurt the dog? Neutering comes with its set of pros and cons.

Neutering has its set of health benefits like it substantially helps reduce the risk of your dog dying due to testicular cancer. It also reduces the risk of non-cancerous prostate conditions and perianal fistulas. But it also has a few health risks. The risk of being diagnosed with bone cancer if neutered before 1 year of age is the most common occurrence. Various other risks of illnesses like cardiac hemangiosarcoma, hypothyroidism, obesity, prostate cancer, etc are have been seen in dogs due to neutering.

If behavioral changes are considered, then according to experts, the only behavioral changes a dog exhibits after neutering are the ones that are fueled by male hormones. Wandering looking for a mate, battling against other male dogs to go after a mate, marking their territories for potential mates are some of the behavioral patterns that they may cease to exhibit. Protectiveness toward their family, loyalty and adorableness are some of the things that do not go away because of neutering. So to conclude, your dog's aggression may reduce due to neutering. But you must also take into consideration that aggressiveness is sometimes exhibited out of fear and not always due to hormonal reasons.

So, now to the question that started it all. To neuter or not to neuter? After having told you the pros and cons of neutering based on their health and behavior, we can conclude by saying that neutering is an entirely elective process. And you get to choose whether you want to neuter your canine friend or not. When canines are well cared for, they can be loyal companions and a great addition to your family irrelevant of them being neutered or not.



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Pooja Advani

Pet Industry Expert, Canine Behaviourist, Consultation & Training

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