by Patricia Jackson
For pet parents stuck between neutering their male dogs and not doing it, the most important thing is always understanding how it changes your pooch. But, given castration touches on an essential body part that defines a male dog, it should be obvious it will leave some changes.
A study published on PubMed.gov examining the effects of neutering on male and female dogs concludes that the castration changed the male pups far more than the female ones. This study showed a reduction or complete disappearance of behavioral problems like hypersexuality after neutering for up to 74% of the male dogs.
Neutering might seem like a standard procedure for many male dogs, but it triggers a myriad of behavioral changes that you need to understand before you do it. Here are some of the main ones.
Besides behavioral changes, neutering a dog also comes with some health benefits.
A: There is no clear consensus on the right age to neuter your male dog. But what many experts seem to agree is you need to let the pet grow fully before doing it, which means it should be at least a year old for most breeds. Also, it is better to neuter the dog before it starts breeding as some can retain their sexual habits even after neutering.
A: No, most dogs tend to get less aggressive after neutering. By removing the two testicles, the production of hormones that influence the dog's aggressive behavior, such as vasopressin, is reduced significantly.
A: Cost primarily depends on where you are getting the neuter service, as a massive chunk of what you pay is determined by the vet's charges. Also, other things like animal health and size affect the cost. Many animal shelters provide an affordable neuter service that can be as little as $50 or slightly less, while premium vet clinics typically charge over $200.
Neutering male dogs is the most effective way of population control. However, it also comes with many behavioral changes for your pup, such as reduced aggression and wandering. Better still, it can reduce the pet's risk of getting testicular and prostate cancer.
About Patricia Jackson
Patricia just simply loves pets.
When she was eight years old, her parents got her a beautiful Maine Coon as a gift; and later an affectionate Husky.
Since then, she has raised them as her children; done minor first aid, taken in strays, administered antibiotics, bottle fed them when sick, and even midwifing.
Pat received her bachelor's degree in computer science at Univercity of Califronia Davis. She really hopes to transofrm her programming skills into something that really helpful for all pets someday. For now, lets just do that through writing.