The Pros and Cons of Neutering

 

To Neuter or Not to Neuter!

downloadSPAYING

PROS

  • Prevents bitch having puppies and false pregnancies
  • Normally eliminates inconvenience of seasons and stops the bleeding and behavioural changes.
  • Early spaying (before 1st season) drastically reduces the chances of mammary tumours later in life.
  • Completely removes the risk of Pyometra (uterine infection and a serious threat to all ages which can be fatal.
  • Helps with hierarchy problems but must spay lower ranking bitch only.

CONS

  • Temperament changes are possible with some bitches becoming more docile.
  • Small risk of urinary incontinence in early spaying but this can be treated easily.Neutering
  • Spaying, though routine, is major surgery. It is very uncommon but occasionally a haemorrhage can occur. There is also a small risk of problems within the skin wound.
  • The older the bitch is at the time of spaying (this should be around 9+ months) the greater the risks involved.
  • Recovery can take several days and it can take several weeks for her to heal. A follow up visit 7-10 days after spaying is necessary to remove the stitches.
  • Possible weight gain but if diet is properly adjusted and after spaying and appropriate exercise is given this should not be a problem.

CASTRATION

Neutering 2
NB CASTRATION IS NOT SUITABLE FOR ALL BEHAVIOUR PROBLEMS AND NEEDS TO BE CONSIDERED CAREFULLY.

PROS

  • Prevents the dog causing unwanted pregnancies
  • If done early prevents straying, leg lifting and territory marking
  • Prevents Testicular cancer (common cause of death in older dogs)
  • Reduces the risk of Prostrate cancer
  • Can cure hierarchy problems – between two males – so long as ONLY the LOWER ranking dog is neutered. This widens the gap between them and allows the higher ranking dog to take the top dog spot. NEVER neuter both – dogs are never equal.
  • Aggressive behaviour especially towards other dogs is usually reduced after castration.
  • Dominant/over amorous sexual behaviour is also normally much reduced. This results in less straying and helps to reduce traffic accidents.

CONSfunny-dog-photos-with-captions-dog-realized-he-is-getting-neutered

  • Neutering is not a cure for all problems. It can help but also it could make no difference whatsoever:

E.G. It is unlikely to make any difference to: Wild and unruly behaviour or dog to dog/people aggression. And never to: Destructive behaviour and separation anxiety.

  • As with spayed bitches, castrated dogs can also experience changes in temperament, some becoming much quieter/docile.
  • As with spaying there is a possibility of weight gain after castration, but if diet is properly adjusted and controlled and appropriate exercise is given this should not be a problem.
  • Too late (around 12 months – peak of testosterone production) possible leading to a hormone driven “thug” dog for life.
  • Too young (around 7 months) risk dog will be thought of as female by other males due to not developing a proper masculine body and masculine behaviour. Vets do not usually castrate till around 9 months old.
  • Recovery usually takes 1-2 days with a follow up visit to remove stitches 7-10 days later.
NB Neither of these procedures are reversible! If there is any possibility of requirement to breed from a bitch at a later date or of having a dog at stud then neutering is not an option!
Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s