Neutering is a simple surgical procedure that sterilizes male dogs. Neutering can also cut the risk of certain diseases and unwanted behaviors.
The primary benefit of neutering your male dog is obviously that he won’t sire any puppies. But besides these obvious facts, here are more reasons to neuter your dog:
He’s less likely to get certain diseases, such as testicular cancer and most prostate diseases.
He will likely be calmer with less testosterone in his system, and thus you’ll be calmer too.
He’ll mark less, inside and outdoors, since he has less incentive to announce his presence.
The lower level of testosterone can improve if not eliminate roaming, aggression, humping, and other dominance-related behaviors. He still might want to hump, but mounting after neutering has more to do with dominance than reproduction. He may still show interest in females in heat, too.
He’ll likely get in fewer fights with other dogs, especially other males.
In the case of senior dogs, neutering reduces the size of an enlarged prostate.
The health and behavioral benefits occur whether your boy is a wee puppy or distinguished senior citizen.
A male dog can be neutered any time after eight weeks of age. But always talk to your vet about what’s best for your dog.
The neutering surgery is typically simple. Your veterinarian will give you instructions for post-surgery care, and your dog will likely recover completely within a couple of weeks.
Male dogs can usually go home the same day they have the procedure.
Your dog may feel lethargic or have low energy right after the surgery, so make sure to give him time to recover.