When we talk about dog neutering, many people tend to think that it’s a practice that we carry out simply to keep the pet population under control. While this is true, there are actually many other benefits to spaying and neutering our pets. Today, though, we want to talk about the benefits of dog neutering specifically.
Dog Neutering: Raleigh, NC Veterinarians On the Benefits of Neutering
Whether you cringe at the thought of having your dog neutered or whether you already know that it’s the best choice for him, you probably don’t know all of the reasons why it’s so necessary. So, if you’d allow us a few minutes of your time, we’d love to share with you some of the reasons why it’s so important that you neuter your dogs.
Controlling the Pet Population
This is the reason for neutering that most pet parents are familiar with. What the average pet parent doesn’t know, however, is that according to the Humane Society of the United States “Around 2.7 million adoptable dogs and cats are euthanized each year in the United States simply because they do not have homes”. All of us can play a part in reducing the number of homeless pets across the country simply by spaying and neutering our pets.
Reducing the Chances of an Enlarged Prostate
When you have your male dogs neutered, you reduce their chances of developing an enlarged prostate. An enlarged prostate is more common in dogs that have not been neutered and dogs that are over the age of eight years old.
Less Desire to Roam
Male dogs are driven to seek out females in heat. This drive can cause males to roam far from home which often involves some real Houdini work! Unfortunately, the possibility of an unanticipated litter of puppies isn’t the only risk of this type of roaming. Dogs that roam can get hit by cars, attacked by other animals, get into toxic and poisonous trash items, and even get hurt by the owners of female dogs in heat. These aren’t things that most people give much thought to when considering “love drunk” male dogs, but they are situations that can leave you heartbroken as a pet parent. They are also situations that are completely avoidable.
Controlling Marking Behavior
In some dogs, neutering can serve to control excessive marking behaviour. Marking is what we call it when male dogs lift their leg and urinate, leaving their “scent”.
Marking can be the result of a number of things including stress and anxiety or a means of communicating with other dogs, but it can also be the result of hormonal influence and sexual arousal. Think of it as a “calling card” or a way of setting boundaries. This is a problem when it happens inside our homes. However, research shows that neutering a dog before six months of age can help to prevent male dogs from undesirable marking behaviour.
Eliminates the Possibility of Testicular Cancer
Having your male dog neutered also eliminates the risk of testicular cancer. Intact male dogs are not only at risk for testicular cancer, but they are also at risk for testicular tumors. By neutering your dog you are having their testicles removed completely and this eliminates the possibility of their developing testicular problems.
Less Expense For You
One of the reasons why reputable breeders charge so much for their puppies is because of the cost that goes into healthy puppies. Breeding is expensive.
- To ensure the litter is healthy, both the mother and father have to undergo a variety of health checks.
- In order to ensure the healthiest puppies, a male “stud dog” or insemination procedure must be paid for.
- Should the female become pregnant, there is then a 58 to 68 day gestational period during which the female requires additional veterinary care and specialized nutrition.
- Once the female goes into labor there is the chance that things will take a wrong turn and emergency veterinary care will be needed either for the mother or the puppies.
- There is then the cost of veterinary visits, vaccinations, and proper nutrition for the mother and puppies.
- Next you have to consider the time involved in caring for a pregnant dog, a new mother, and her new puppies. Then there’s the time required to socialize the puppies and screen families who are interested in adopting one of your puppies.
- Plus, consider the cost of caring for puppies that don’t find homes.
All in all, breeding and raising puppies is expensive and many breeders lose money when breeding but continue to do what they do for a love of the breed.
Having your male dog neutered will prevent all of the expenses we noted above and it will also help with the pet overpopulation problem.
Have Questions About Dog Neutering and Your Dog?
If you have questions about neutering and your dog and you’d like to set up a time to talk with one of our incredible North Raleigh veterinarians just give us a call today at (919)870-7000!