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Medical Reasons To Neuter Your Dog

Testosterone based tumors and cancers are very common in intact dogs, especially after age 6. Neutering eliminates many forms of these diseases and adds time to their life span.

The second most common type of tumor in intact male dogs is a perianal adenoma. These masses grow around the rectum, and can be several inches in diameter. They can also be malignant, and spread to other parts of the body. They often break open and bleed profusely. Testosterone is a major contributing factor, and neutering dogs prevents a vast majority of them.

Testicle cancers and tumors are the third most common cancer in intact male dogs. It is 100% preventable via neutering.

About 50% of dogs start to have benign prostrate hypertrophy (BPH) by age 6. This diseases leads to difficulty urination, and eventually lead to a complete blockage and a medical emergency. The first course of treatment for intact dogs with this diseases is neutering, although some dogs require estrogen supplementation as well. Unfortunately, the new human drugs that reduce prostrate size don’t seem to work in dogs.

Even by preventing the second and third most common tumor in dogs, as well as BPH, many owners are still hesitant because of fear that:
1. The dog will be less “tough.” Neutered dogs are by no means “wimps.” They are just as protective of homes and families.
2. Neutered dogs personality will change. The only thing neutering changes is a dog’s sex drive. This may be the fair thing to do, instead of keeping a dog in a permanent life long state of frustration.

One thing that can happen is that about 20% of neutered dogs can gain weight, though this side effect can be readily compensated for by simply reducing the amount of food.

Also available for some hesitant owners are “neuticles,” which are testicular implants so that “no one can tell.” Some owners swear there dogs feel better with these implants, although I think its the owners who feel better. They do add an expense to the procedure, and need to be ordered prior to the surgery.

Why wouldn’t you neuter your dog?