Neutering a dog

Neutering a dog can really save thousands of dogs from being left unsheltered

dog neutering

A surgical removal of male dog’s testicles, including his testicular epididymal section of testicular blood vessels, and spermatic ducts is known as “neutering a dog”. Fundamentally, this process is carried out to remove any such part that is responsible for sperm production, sperm maturation, and secretion of testosterone of male dogs is removed. After removing these parts, male dogs are incapable of impregnating females and producing offspring.

The process of neutering a dog is done both physically and emotionally as its certainly being draining for both the dog and his owner. It is a personal decision taken by the owner. There are several benefits for having a dog neutered and some potential downfalls may also include after surgery. If dog owners decide to have a dog neutered to his pet, the first consideration thing is, about his age and they need care after the surgery.

Reason and benefits of neutering a dog

Many veterinarians and pet advocacy groups also supported for having pets neutered. Because they think that there are lots of benefits in it, few common advantages are listed below.

  • Controlling the pet population
    Nowadays, each and every year thousands of unwanted pets are left on the streets, because they don’t get a proper shelter. It’s not sure that the animals that find a shelter is good well treated and it’s not guaranteed that a pet gets adopted. Dog neutered gives a solution to this problem and helps to control the pet population.
  • Reduction of stray population
    This method is a little bit effective than the above process; neutered male companion dogs do not have the capability to impregnate females.
  • Reduce genetic defects
    Most of the genetic defects or diseases in dogs continue to their children from parental dogs. To avoid this problem inferior genetic traits are kept to a minimum level.
  • Prevention of testicular disease
    Removable of affecting parts are the best way to prevent this disease.

Potential downfalls when neutering a dog

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Even though neutering a dog has many benefits, yet, some potential downfalls are also there.

  • Weight or obesity issues
    Every neutered dog requires 25 percent of fewer calories, and if the dogs have lower metabolic rate, then the neutered dogs will be lesser in weight. However, the unawareness of dog owners allow the dogs to eat whatever they’re given. So that, they often begin eating without any control and finally gain more weight. This problem may not happen in all dogs, it can happen to few.
  • Loss of breeding potential
    If we neuter a dog, we can able to prevent them from genetic traits that they don’t seem to look like other breeds. We should prevent the dog from passing valuable genetics after done a neuter.
  • Loss of drive
    Many farmers refuse to neuter their dogs, because the resulting of neutering dogs will not show interest in working, hunting, or herding. And also they a get fear that they’ll lose one of their best worker.
  • It’s costly
    It is true that having a dog neutered requires hundreds of dollars.

Age recommendation


Age is important for the neutered process of the dog. If the neutering process did not happen in right time, then the particular dog may suffer from major complications and might miss out certain benefits of being neutered.

Dog neutered is recommended by most pet owners around the world. Because they get a chance of getting testicular cancer or exhibiting unwanted behaviors due to testosterone. Neutering in dogs prevents them from this problem.

Having a dog neutered before 5 to 7 months recommendation is quite dangerous. Because the organs of puppies are not fully developed, they are not ready to tolerate the drugs like anesthetic. Due to this, young puppies are more likely to suffer severe side effects and they are not suitable for this treatment.

The day of the surgery

Before going to surgery, the vet will go over a number of important things on the day of appointment such as:

  • When you arrive with your dog in the morning for surgery the pet should be fasted.
  • Before going for surgery, the dog will be completely examined by the vet.
  • The dangers, risks, and side effects of the anesthetic will be explained to the pet owners before going to do the surgery.
  • Vet will be asked to sign a consent form.
  • If your dog will be admitted into surgery, the vet will give a time for when you come back and pick up.

Surgical and post-surgical complications

Of course, it is a risk task, certain problem occurs due to this dog neutered such as:

  • Chance to get infection at the wound.
  • Pain after surgery.
  • Breakdown of the sutures or stitches.
  • Swollen, blood-filled scrotum after surgery.
  • Laceration of the penis and urethra.
  • Excessive bleeding of the wound area.
  • Chance to get rectal failure.
  • Death occurs due to anesthetic death.
  • Weight gain.
  • No chance to get aggressive behavior after surgery.

Neutering a dog is a very big decision, and the full responsibility of decision taking goes to pet ownership. We know that there is always a risk associated with any surgery either in dogs or in people. If you think that your dog gets time to neutering, first speak to your vet about it. The pet owner is familiar with this, before allowing their pets for surgery, it will help to take care your pet after the surgery.

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