Dog parents are usually advised to have their dogs castrated or neutered. This is because desexing solves the problem of pet overpopulation. Desexing can also aid in the improvement of a dog’s health.
On top of its health benefits, desexing your pup also addresses unwanted behaviors common to all canines.
In defense of neutering/spaying your dog
Desexing dogs primarily serve one purpose. This is to curb the prevalent problem of overpopulation of domesticated animals. Most animal rights activists see this as the most humane approach in animal population control.
Instead of having unwanted dogs face euthanasia or be housed in less-than-ideal shelters, animal rights activists see desexing as the better alternative. But the benefits of desexing puppies are not solely limited to animal rights issues.
Male dogs that have been castrated have a lower risk of developing specific health conditions, such as androgen-dependent diseases and testicular cancer. Androgen-dependent ailments include prostatitis, perineal hernias & adenomas, and benign prostatic hyperplasia. Aside from all the health benefits to be had if your dog is desexed, this process is also believed to address unwanted and destructive canine behaviors.
The canine behaviors that are affected by desexing are those that are closely related to sex hormones. These include urine marking, roaming, and mounting. Complete or entire dogs (those that are not spayed or neutered) will eventually be prone to these behaviors and they can cause legitimate problems to dog owners.
For instance, complete dogs upon adulthood will naturally seek out a partner. If there is a dog in heat in your neighborhood, your complete dog will be able to smell it from miles away and that’s enough to trigger their wild escapes. Complete dogs will also be more aggressive in terms of marking their territory, may it be your living room or your backyard.
It is important to keep in mind, however, that desexing’s influence on the aforementioned doggy behaviors relies greatly on what point in their life a dog is desexed. For instance, a dog that has gone through a de-sexing procedure later in life could end up more prone to indoor urine marking compared to a dog that was desexed early in its development.
It is best to consult with your vet as to when the best time is to desex your pet.
No more unwanted puppies
Indiscriminate dog breeding is a real and serious problem. When there are not enough homes and not enough families to take in these dogs, they end up in animal shelters. Whether these shelters are privately or publicly funded, it cannot be stressed enough that a lot of funds go into them.
Regardless of the amounts of funds that pour into these shelters, they remain as a less-than-ideal dwelling place for dogs. Dogs need care and attention which these shelters are not equipped to provide. This should be enough to convince any dog parent to have their pet desexed.
And surely your pup will appreciate it, too. Just consider being spared from all the stress and anxieties all those sex hormones tend to trigger.