Neutering Male Dogs

Veterinarians frequently recommend that both female and male dogs be put through a surgery to eliminate their ability to reproduce. In the case of male dogs, the surgical procedure is called neutering. It involves the surgical removal of your pet's testicles, thereby preventing him from being able to produce offspring. In addition to the benefits of population control for which neutering and spaying are best known, there are many other advantages that putting your pet through this simple, inexpensive and fast procedure can bring.

Less Roaming

The behavior known as roaming occurs in dogs that haven't been neutered when they sense a female in heat in their vicinity. Female dogs that are in heat will release certain pheromones that attract male dogs. These dogs will then search out the source of the pheromones if they're able to. In many cases, this means that your dog may run away or put himself into a dangerous situation, such as when he begins to roam along a road or highway. Dogs that have been neutered have no compulsion to search for females in this way.

Less Aggression

Dogs that are left unneutered are often known for being more aggressive. This continues to develop as your pet grows from a puppy and his hormone levels change. The added testosterone that dogs that haven't been neutered possess makes them more likely to bite or snap at people. It may also make your pet predisposed to attacking other animals and chasing after people, cars and other moving objects.

Lower Cancer Rates

Testicular tumors are a problem for male dogs. By neutering your dog and removing his testicles, you completely eliminate the possibility of his developing testicular cancer. The changes to his hormone rates can also lower his overall risk of certain other types of cancers.

Fewer Hernia Problems

Hernias are much more common in older dogs than in younger dogs, and dogs that have not been neutered are especially at risk. This health issue involves a protrusion of an organ through a passageway that connects other parts of your pet's body. These painful problems are often mediated by the neutering procedure, because of the changes to the muscle strength of your pet's bowels.

Other Neutering Information

It's important that you neuter your pet at the right time in his development. Neutering too early may cause developmental problems and may stunt his overall growth. Neutering too late, on the other hand, can cause the benefits enumerated above to be partially or completely nullified. The exact age at which you should plan to neuter male dogs will depend upon their breed and overall health. It's a good idea to consult with your vet about the best plan for neutering your pet. The procedure can be done in a vet's office and often does not require an overnight stay.