NEUTERING YOUR DOG
Congratulations! Your puppy has made it through an important part of his life with your help. The next consideration is whether or not to have him neutered. This is truly a significant health topic and one that deserves a few moments of thought for every pet owner. Neutering is ideally performed at about six months of age. Altering your pet at this age will help prevent many annoying behavioral problems and reduce his risk of many medical complications later in life. Here is a brief list of likely benefits:
-Eliminates annoying sexual habits such as mounting behavior or lifting his leg to
“mark" his territory both outdoors and in the house. This is most effective when neuter ing is done BEFORE the dog has started to mark. Once the marking begins, some of the beh avior becomes habit driven and neutering may improve but not always totally eliminate the problem.
-Eliminates roaming in search of females. If allowed to run loose, he may fight with
other males, be injured by automobiles, or run away. If confined, he may become
hyperactive or aggressive.
-Reduces the chance of developing infections. Prostate infections are a common
problem in older males. We also see sexually transmitted diseases such as brucello-
sis. Neutering also eliminates the chance of benign prostatic hypertrophy, a common and uncomfortable problem in older intact males, as well as testicular cancer.
-Reduces the chance of your dog later biting or being aggressive towards other dogs
and humans. Statistics show that most dog bites are inflicted by unaltered males.
-Less roaming behavior means less external and internal parasite infestations.
Altering will not change your pet’s personality except to make him a calmer pet in some in stances. The surgery will not cause him to become fat and lazy. An older, less active pet may experience weight gain. This can easily be controlled by proper diet and exercise.
Unless you are convinced that you will want to show or breed your pet we recommend that y ou call for a surgical appointment soon. Feel free to contact us if you have any questions regarding this important procedure.