Dog Neutering: The Essentials that You Need to Know

Although dog neutering sometimes leaves a bad taste in people’s mouths, it is actually recommended that pet owners get their dogs neutered. Not only is it better for the dog bringing so many health benefits, but it can also eliminate a lot of bad behavior in the dog and can help mellow them out. The procedure is also relatively simple; very, very rarely are there complications and the surgery is short and so is recovery time, meaning no overnight stays at the vet’s place.

What Age is Appropriate for Dog Neutering?

6 to 9 months is the typical age that your vet will recommend for the neutering process. There are cases of puppies being fixed as young as eight weeks old, but you should always ask a vet before neutering your dog. Always go to a highly recommended and licensed vet who has performed numerous neutering surgeries.

Why You Should Neuter Your Dog:

1. If your dog is aggressive, neutering will make him much more passive. Testosterone, like in humans, can cause aggression. By neutering your dog, you will see a big difference in his aggression within the process of two short weeks. That is because the surgery limits the amount of testosterone produced by your dog.

2. Stop marking! Male dogs love to mark their territory which often includes your favorite chair, living room, or anywhere else that they can find to hike their leg. Neutering will not stop your dog from lifting his leg (though he may squat for a few days to a week after the surgery) but will deter him from marking. Dogs mark to claim territory since testosterone is flowing through their body, making them want to compete with other dogs and stake their claim. Neutering will easily fix this issue.

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3. If your dog is constantly mounting items, you, and your guests, neutering is another quick fix. Your dog’s hormones are in overdrive usually around one to two years old, making them avid mounters. The act of mounting relieves sexual tension in your dog and the act is also brought about by testosterone. Neutering fixes this by relieving the urge to constantly mount. Your dog may occasionally mount another dog to show dominance, but this behavior is easy to fix if he has been neutered by simply telling him no.

4. Protect your dog from future health problems. It is clinically proven that neutered dogs live longer than those that are not fixed. This is due in part because the surgery reduces your dog’s chances of contracting testicular cancer or having prostate issues.

Regardless of the reason behind your decision to fix your pet, neutering your dog is one of the best that you can make for your furry friend. Dog neutering reduces your dog’s bad habits and helps reduce his risk for serious medical problems. The surgery is incredibly quick, simple, and your dog will be pain free in 24 to 48 hours. He might be still sensitive in the area, but there will not be a lot of pain coinciding with the surgery. For the first days after the surgery, your dog may act a little distant and this is normal and he will soon recover to his happy, and healthier, self shortly.

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