Monday, March 30, 2015

The Benefits of Neutering Your Dog

Many people cringe at the thought of having to neuter their dog. There are concerns with pain, change of temperament, and worry about putting an animal through what seems like an unnecessary surgery. However, there are many reasons you should strongly consider neutering (the term for sterilizing a male dog) your little boy.

Neutering your dog provides many healthy benefits for him. If you neuter before 6 months of age, you could prevent testicular cancer from forming. So, neutering earlier is better.

Also, if you have issues with your pup wandering off, neutering him may just stop this behavior altogether. Many male dogs will do about anything to find a mate, including digging and escaping your care at any cost. This puts him at risk of being hit by a car, stolen, lost, or in a fight with another hormone-raging male.

Allowing your dog to have this surgery may also help him focus on your training. He will be able to spend more quality time with his human family when he is able to learn good behaviors from bad behaviors at a quicker rate. 

Also, males often mark their territory everywhere when they are not neutered. So, to make potty training easier, and keep your home urine-free, make sure to neuter your pet as early as possible.

If you are worried about how much it will cost to get his surgery, you should definitely consider how much more it would cost to replace the urine-stained carpet in your home, or the costs of the damage done to other pets in the neighborhood when his hormones are raging. There are many low-cost spay/neuter programs in Georgia that can help you afford surgery. For example, the Atlanta Humane Society only charges $35 to spay/neuter your pet. That's an awesome deal.

One of the most important reasons to neuter your male dog is to prevent the mass euthanization of many animals. When your seemingly innocent dog breaks free of your fence and mates with another dog, you may have an unwanted litter of puppies on your hands. And those puppies may or may not find a home, causing them to live and starve on the streets, or be euthanized in your local animal shelter.

So, if you were previously having any doubts about neutering your pet, I hope that I have provided you with enough research to help make your decision. We all love our furbabies and want to keep them safe. And neutering a male dog can definitely help achieve his safety, and the safety of others.

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