I could really use some help.... I'm not too sure anymore whether I should neuter my dog.... what are really the benefits of neutering? Im just debating w/ myself right now because he's almost 6 months and i don't see the need to neuter him yet.... but i've just always hear from people (especially on this forum) that neuterin is best for your dog, but why?? On the other hand I could really use the neutering expense to pay off some debt...... so what would you suggest??
Neutering lowers the risk of cancer. I can vouch for this first hand. I didn't have my female fixed and she ended up with breast cancer and i had to put her down last year. It was very sad! She was 4 when i got her and i didn't know that that was a risk. I STONGLY recommend it.
They can't get testicular cancer if they don't have testicles. Also he's still young, but pretty soon he could start displaying some manly behaviors, like marking, if left intact. Plus then you don't have to deal with a nutty guy if he smells a girl in heat. They can smell them from miles away, so even if you don't have female a neighbor might have one that he wants to get to.
You know though. I have an intact male around girls all the time and he doesn't breed any one that I don't want him to. He runs in a field with up to 7 other girls at once. I know if some one is in season or coming in season and I just separate that girl when she is in heat. So if it is possible for me to control 'breedings', I don't see why it is hard for a person with one pet---for their dog to 'keep it in his pants' so to speak, but with all the unwanted accidental litters I guess it is an issue.
That's why I make my 'pet puppy' people get their dogs neutered. It is more out of fear of 'dog ignorance' more than anything. I can't guarantee every family is dog saavy enough to control their dog at all times.
I know that you are worried about neutering your small dog. The benifits are well worth it. Neutering is simple surgery. I had my 5 lb Papillon neutered last year and he was fine. He had just started hiking his leg in the house, and trying to breed things. He was right around 6 months old. He is fine, a happy little dog. He is 6 lbs know and a perfect little dog. Hope this helps you.
dachshund, I guess that is possible with small dogs, but I have 2 large very active dogs that mere 'leash walking' is not enough for htem to get the exercise and mental stimulation they need. I have a fenced in yard, so they can run around to their heart's content, play tag, fetch, roughhouse without being in danger of knocking my daughter over as they would in the house, etc. My dogs are male dogs as well, and live primarily indoors with the family, but for a few hours a day they also like to be outside.
***Edited By: Minniyar on 1/20/2007 9:01:40 AM*** Reason: add