You probably think that puppies are adorable, but you might change your tune if you had to be responsible for a whole litter of them! Here’s everything you need to know about dog neutering and the various benefits of this procedure.
- What Is Dog Neutering?
Both spaying and neutering are processes that aim to remove the sexual organs in dogs, but there are many differences between these two procedures. Unlike female spaying, where the sexual organs are located inside the body, male neutering does not require doctors to go inside the body cavity to remove the sexual organs. This means that the amount of time needed to recover is usually a lot less for male dogs.
- What Are the Benefits of Dog Neutering?
The most obvious benefit of dog neutering or spaying, of course, is not ending up with unwanted litters of puppies. Additionally though, there are a number of health benefits.
A neutered dog is at much lower risk of coming down with a condition called prostatitis, which can be really difficult to treat and almost impossible to completely cure. Similarly, dog neutering prevents them from developing testicular tumours and reduces their chances of contracting sexually transmitted diseases, venereal tumours (which would have to be treated with chemotherapy) and urinary tract infections (which, if left untreated, can move through a dog’s abdomen and cause greater health problems). Treatment for all these different health issues can end up being much more costly than if you opt for dog neutering while they’re still young.
Another benefit of neutering your dog is that it may improve his behaviour. After this procedure takes place, you will really be left with a much happier, more balanced dog because there won’t be so much extra energy left for the dog to expend. This hormonal energy may often lead your dog to partake in bad behaviours, such as marking or jumping the fence.
- How Much Does Dog Neutering Cost?
The cost of neutering can vary greatly depending on the type of dog. Make sure you check with your vet, also asking whether this includes costs associated with the procedure such as pre-surgery blood work, post-surgery medications and the recovery process. If you’re on a tight budget, there are charities which can help towards the costs. Ask your vet if there are any in your local area.
- When Is the Best Time to Neuter Your Dog?
The best time to neuter your dog is between 12 to 15 months of age, or at five-years-old if you are using your dog for breeding purposes. At this age, they have pretty much finished their growing and their personalities have developed, so it’s an optimal time. However, it is best to neuter your dog as soon as possible, as procedures are much easier with shorter recovery times with younger dogs.