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Have dogs neutered: pros and cons


Are you wondering whether you want to have your male neutered? In order to be able to make a decision, you should carefully weigh the pros and cons of the procedure. Castrating a dog has advantages and disadvantages - Image: Shutterstock / Zsolt Biczo

Before you decide to have your dog neutered, you should know the pros and cons associated with the surgery. Because a surgical procedure is generally associated with certain risks and should therefore not be carried out without careful consideration.

Castrating males: advantages

The main reasons for the castration of a male are: undesirable dog behaviors, which are controlled by the sex hormone testosterone, subside after the operation. This includes, for example, the reaction to bitches in heat. If a dog is neutered, there will be no whining and barking, or sexual abuse due to bitches in heat. Aggressive behavior against other males, which is motivated by the sex drive, can change in a castrated dog. An unwanted reproduction is also excluded after castration. Because the dog's testicles are removed during surgery, castration prevents testicular cancer. Castration can also reduce the risk of prostate diseases.

What speaks against a male's castration?

Dog owners often have their dogs neutered because they hope that this will change their dog's behavior. However, this is a misconception. Because only behaviors related to the production of sex hormones can change after castration. Educational errors cannot be remedied with castration - only correct and consistent education helps. If your dog is neutered, it can develop a greater appetite and be less active. As a result, weight gain may occur. This is due to the lack of sex hormones. Because neutered dogs are often no longer perceived as male by other dogs, there can be disputes with members of both sexes.

Operations generally involve risks

Another argument against the castration of the dog is the operation itself. Because every surgical procedure carries risks: complications can arise with both anesthesia and castration. This is especially the case if the dog has previous illnesses. After the operation there is a risk of wound healing disorders. Because many factors play a role in the castration of males, no general recommendation for or against the intervention can be made. Pros and cons should always be considered in the individual case and be obtained with the advice of a veterinarian.

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