Neutering can have a positive influence on certain aspects of your dog’s health and can help to prevent some life-threatening illnesses. Here’s what you ought to know about it.
Why is neutering so ‘puppular’?
Neutering, or castration, is the surgical removal of the testicles. Removing the testicles removes the primary source of testosterone in the body, resulting in changes in sex drive, hormone-related behaviors, and hormone-related health concerns.
‘Is this necessary?’ your puppy may ask and try any means to avoid going to the vet. However, neutering is sometimes a must and though it is quite a painful process, your puppy shall recover and be a happy and healthy dog once again.
Pet overpopulation is a global concern and unplanned litters account for a staggering number of euthanasias in the United States and around the world. Preventing unplanned liters is a crucial part of responsible pet ownership. Neutering is an important tool in dealing with overpopulation.
Health benefits of neutering
Neutering can lead to a reduction in certain health risks for male dogs. At the top of the list is testicular cancer with common symptoms like asymmetric testicles, infertility, and generalized scrotal enlargement. Neutering also reduces the risk of other problems, such as prostate disease. A neutered male dog might also have less desire to roam.
Behavioral benefits of neutering
The most obvious behavioral benefit of neutering a pet is that your pet will be far less likely to run away from home and roam for potential mates. Another important behavioral improvement is that neutering will help suppress the effects of testosterone. Unneutered male pets tend to become more dominant, aggressive, and obstinate, due to surges in testosterone. These pets can be difficult to train, and show dominant traits, like marking their territory, growling, and even biting people, when they feel threatened.
When should my dog be neutered?
Historically, vets have recommended neutering dogs before they reach puberty as it will not only minimizes the risk of unplanned litters but also has some major behavioral benefits, especially during that complicated time of transition from youth to sexual maturity. But today it is realized that not all dogs are physiologically the same and different breeds and sizes of dogs have different optimal ages for castration. Vets and pet owners should work together to discuss the optimal age of neutering, instead of following a blanket age recommendation.
What is the recovery time for neutering a dog?
If there are no complications or other health issues, male dogs can usually go home on the same day of the procedure.
Your vet will discuss with you any pain medication and aftercare for your dog, including recommending restricting his activity for a few days while the incision heals. The clinic may send your dog home with a protective collar to help keep him from licking the incision.
Most common post-neutering symptoms
The most common symptoms that you’ll notice after neutering your male pup are:
- Extreme lethargy and vomiting
- Drooling, shaking, and hiding due to intense pain
- Months after the operation, you’ll notice that your male puppy has thoroughly changed their behavior and is calmer and more obedient
- Humping will become history in your puppy’s mind, although people and other dogs may encourage it
- Appetite may increase after the operation, and with that their weight. Make sure you adjust your puppy’s diet accordingly.
- Less aggression and less wandering and sniffing other dogs’ urine
In conclusion, we highly recommend you neuter your dog, and of course, get him the best dog insurance plan available, because you never know what’s coming.