Disadvantages About Neutering a Male DogFitness Gear & Equipment
Most often when you get a dog, it is advisable to get it spayed or neutered. In fact, that will also be the suggestion of your veterinarian. With so many unwanted and abused animals in our society, the only way to help stop the over-population is through spaying or neutering your pet. Spaying or neutering a dog is the process of de-sexing the animal. A female is spayed while the male dog is neutered. Furthermore, some health benefits exist, usually regarding cancer conditions in addition to some disadvantages in having the dogs altered. There are some disadvantages about neutering a male dog. The advantages far outweigh the disadvantages in getting your dog de-sexed.
As far as the disadvantages regarding neutering a male dog, obesity is main disadvantage. A dog that is de-sexed will require at least 25 percent fewer calories in order to maintain a healthy body weight. This is because the de-sexed dog has gone through hormonal changes and has a lower metabolic rate.
Genetics can play a factor in de-sexing your male dog. If the dog is a fine specimen of its breed and the last of its line, the dog will not be able to pass on its genetic bloodline, which can end its breeding lineage. A male dog that has good breeding characteristics such as good temperament and no genetic defects or diseases can no longer bring forth good quality pups.
Loss of testosterone can result in immature development of masculine characteristics in your male dog. Testosterone is responsible for the development of the muscles, penis and other masculine features. De-sexing the dog also results in a loss of drive to herd, hunt, guard and work.
A delay in growth plate closure can occur due to early de-sexing of your male dog, normally before 12 months of age. The growth plate is the cartilage at the end of the dog’s long bones that is responsible for making the bones grow and elongate during juvenile development. De-sexing during the male dog’s young development can stunt its normal growth.
A final disadvantage is one that is unavoidable, the cost of the surgery. Veterinary care and surgery can be a huge expense. As a responsible pet owner, though, you want to do what is best for the health of your dog. Others may be concerned about the anesthesia and how safe it is for a dog. Speak to your veterinarian regarding your concerns. Sometimes they will work a payment plan out for you and answer all your concerns. If not, get another opinion. Your dog’s health is worth all the efforts for a long happy life.