Should I have my dog neutered?
Neutering removes the sexual urge from both dogs and bitches. It can be carried
out surgically when it is irreversible. Temporary or semi-permanent control
can be effected by the use of certain drugs.
What are the advantages and disadvantages?
If you do not intend to breed from your dog it has undoubted advantages both
in the male and the female. In the male dog is removes the sexual urge so that
if the dog gets the scent of a bitch in estrus he is unlikely to show any interest
which in certain breeds can be an undoubted advantage. Neutering the bitch prevents
estrus as well as breeding. She will not come into heat and therefore will not
have to be confined and deprived of her usual exercise and companionship which
otherwise will occur usually twice a year when she is in heat (estrus) for at
least 3 weeks each time.
Owners are often tempted to have at least one litter from a bitch. There appears
to be a general misconception that having a litter will improve temperament.
There is no scientific evidence to support this theory whereas it has been proven
that neutering in the bitch not only obviously prevents subsequent and not uncommon
diseases of the uterus but also reduces the possibility of breast cancer.
Once neutered the bitch will have no estrus and will not have unwanted puppies
or phantom pregnancies which in some bitches causes as lot of distress.
It is a common fallacy that a neutered dog will become fat and lazy. Remember
that all service animals, Guide Dogs, Hearing Dogs and Dogs for the Disabled
are routinely neutered. Judicious feeding of a scientifically prepared complete
diet without excessive tidbits should adequately control any problems of obesity,
just as it does in the entire animal.
Another common fallacy is that the neutered dog loses character. Admittedly
neutering is often carried out, both in dogs and bitches, for certain behavioral
abnormalities and often dogs will become more gentle but they lose neither their
spirit nor their intelligence and provided they are not allowed to become obese
are just as active as the entire counterpart.
Thus there are many advantages and few disadvantages to having your dog neutered.
Both dogs and bitches are usually neutered between 6-12 months of age although
the operation can be carried out at any time. Your veterinary surgeon will be
more than happy to discuss the details with you.
to Canine Information Index