yavin02 - You should have your male neutered if he is not going to be used for stud. It definitely is better for their health, it will help keep them from marking, and if you get it done before they learn to lift their leg, they probably never will. They will continue to pee like a girl. Sorry Girls!!! That sounds kinda funny. They also seem more affectionate. The sack that is left depends on the size of the sack before surgery. Our toy poodles don't have big sacks so the remaining sack is fairly smooth against their body. Don't not get him neutered because of the "Guy thing". It is better for him, and your family, all around. LTLGTO - (a guy) They recover within a couple of days, a don't look at you with accusing eyes afterwords, so don't worry about that.
Uh my husband thinks it's dumb that guys get so upset over neutering too. Trade a guy's ego for the sake of a dog that doesn't give a rip for a healthier dog. Yavin, Let me offer this comparison. When a male dog gets neutered, he looses his testicles, that's it. When a female dog gets spayed, she looses the *ENTIRE* reproductive system. Ovaries, tubes, uterus, the whole 9 yards. Yet I don't see women making a big fuss over that to anywhere near the degree that guys fuss over male dogs being neutered. The dog doesn't care that they're gone, why should we?
My poor dog was neutered when he was 7. I rescued him when he was 5. We decided to have him neutered when we heard rumors that he father at least 3 litters. It wasnt that big of a deal for him. His sack shrunk afterwards. LOL
yavin, think of this, too. if he is neutered by 6 months he will have no chance of getting testicular cancer and dying early. look at it this way- his health v. a guy thing. also, my pug was neutered at 5 1/2 months and he lifts his leg to pee mostly, marks outside, but no marking in the house. he still has all the "boy dog" behaviors. and, you can have those things implanted, but i think they only put in one, so in the show ring a neutered dog can be found out.
I just went to Yahoo and looked it up. Neuticals has a website! hehe It is www.neuticals.com. They fully describe them and you can pick from two different kinds. The cheaper kind run from $60-$67. That doesn't include what your vet will charge to put them in. They also suggest that you wait until your pet is at least 8 months old so that he is done growing. ~Karen~
Whether your dog has testicles or not really shouldn't matter. Like another poster said, the females go through alot more when they get fixed and it's a longer, more painful recovery. It is healthier for the dog to be fixed. That should be all that concerns you. The dog doesn't know if he has testicles or not. He still has his p**** and that's all they pay attention to anyway. My pup has been neutered and he still acts like a man (humping things). Which isn't necessarily a good thing, but he still has some macho left in him. Think about the health of your dog. I seriously doubt that he will miss them. Just explain to your friends or whoever has a problem with it that it is the best thing for the health of your animal and he is just getting in touch with his feminine(sp) side. LOL
I should wait until he's at least 8 months? It seems like he'd be lifting his leg by then. Apparently it does have benefits. Being raised around "intact" dogs, it just seems strange to me...like it'll change him or something. I don't know if I could sit next to him in the car on the way there without feeling guilty...
I had my husband take Toby to get neutered, only because I had to work. He did not like having to do that either. It will be okay though. He will forgive you. Just keep telling yourself that it's in the dogs best interest.
My male dog was neutered when he was about 5-6 months old. Sometimes he squats, sometimes he lifts his legs. If he sees other dogs marking a tree, he will mark as well. But *only* outside. If you have other dogs, your dog will probably follow their example and lift his leg. I'd say between 6-8 months is just bout perfect. Yavin since you grew up with intact males, did they mark in the house or seem more prone to wander/aggression with other dogs?
My dog Shadow pulled out 2 of her 3 stitches for being active and almost broke open when she was spayed. She's so hyper! Thats the hardest part, keeping them calm. It only hurts for a little while, and mostly makes them drowsey, nope, not everything is gone, and one part. All the male dogs around here except for one are all neautered, you almost can't ntell the difference....at least I can't.
you know..... THIS is exactly what the forum is so upside down and inside out about... hostile jack-asses like this : "You should be ashamed of yourself! As to your question - What difference does it make? The main concern should be..Is he healthy...Does he have a CARING guardian..Food and a safe home..Who cares if he has testicles? Also...Always buckle up the puppy! Extremely important!!!!!!!!!! " There is NO REASON to answer with SUCH A STUPID THING TO SAY. He was asking a question.. he didn't say "i beat my dog, what does neutering remove"! Also, buckle up your puppy?!?!?!?!?!?!? Such random STUPID crap like this is what is PISSING off people in this forum. There is no need for it, get over it. he's asking a question and if you dont have a rational, helpful answer, DONT ANSWER.
Boy, lots of good advice. My parents did have problems with their male chihuahua lifting his leg in the house...he ruined a $2000 pool table and would also mark on the back porch. He usually did it when no one was around. He never left the yard though, and was left unsupervised with two pet doors. The more I think about it, the better it sounds...I didn't even know dogs could get cancer down there. I think as pet owners we often equate our feelings about things with the dogs feelings. I suppose he won't know or care if they're gone.
I would suggest getting your boy neutered. He wont be as likely to run off. My dog was neutered so late in life that it doesnt matter to him. He still goes at it with the girls. Neutering does make them calmer and less likly to mark in the house. I never had a proble with my dog after we had him done.
just wanted to chime in on the health issue. At the vet hospital where I worked we had a few older, unneutered male dogs that were diagnosed with prostate cancer. The vet said that it could've been prevented if the dogs had been neutered at at younger age. Getting your male neutered early def. has some health benefits. I neutered my male at 5 months, and he still acts pretty "macho". He's a terrier though!