A new puppy is a big responsibility. There are a lot of questions to be answered for new pet owners. What dog food is best? Should you allow your new friend on the furniture with you? How much exercise does he or she need? One of the most important questions you need to ask yourself, however, is whether or not you should neuter your dog.
Neutering (or spaying, for female dogs) is the process of surgically sterilizing a pet so that it cannot breed. These are simple, routine and safe surgeries that are performed on animals every day. The operation is quick and there are many benefits to owning a neutered dog as opposed to one that is sexually intact.Male dogs that are not neutered are more likely to be driven by the urge to mate. In places where your dog is allowed to roam free (such as owners living in suburban or rural areas), this can create a risk of a runaway pup. Dogs who are neutered tend to be less aggressive with other dogs, as well. When there is no desire to mate, there is no competition for a mate and thus it will be easier to socialize your pet with other animals and people.
For unfixed female dogs, there are a number of complications as well. Female dogs go into heat and will bleed. This can ruin furniture or carpeting unless you diaper your pet – and doggie diapers can be quite expensive! On top of this, a female dog in heat can potentially attract unwanted attention from males, which can pose both health and safety risks.
In cases of both sexes, there is more to take into consideration beyond behavioral issues. There are a number of health benefits to having your dog spayed or neutered. Among eliminating a number of other health risks, the threat of developing testicular or breast cancer is virtually nil in a dog that has been fixed. Spaying a female also stops the risk of pyometra, an infection in the reproductive system that can be difficult to treat and even result in death.
Many first-time pet owners like to imagine what a house full of puppies would be like, but unless you are an experienced breeder and trainer, it could turn into a nightmare for you, your pet and your family. There are so many behavioral and health complications involved with keeping a dog intact that the risks are just not worth it. Let your pup be healthy and happy, get him or her fixed! There are simply just too many dogs out there who have been abandoned or rescued from unbearable situations who are in desperate need of a loving home. Please think about this before considering a puppy from a pedigree background and most of all, get your dog neutered or spayed always, unless you have good reason to breed from him/her.