Basic questions about Neutering Your Male Dog:
This is not designed to tell you whether you should or should not neuter your male dog.
Rather, you will find some basic educational questions and answers that will help educate you on the benefits that neutering your male dog may provide to both you and your dog.
When the male dog gets neutered, both of his testicles are surgically removed. The scrotum is not removed during the operation, just opened up to remove the testicles and then closed back up again.
This is done by a veterinarian, under anesthetic, in a sterile environment.
Some vets routinely do other procedures while the dog is out, such as microchipping, and gastropexy, where the stomach is tacked to the abdominal wall to prevent the stomach from twisting - caused by bloat.
Recovery is generally fast, most dogs don't even notice that they no longer have any interest in lady dogs!
It is not absolutely essential to have every non-breeding male dog undergo this operation.
Many pet dogs have a naturally occurring sex drive and without behavioral problems that were influenced by male hormones, such as leg mounting, urinating indoors (also known as 'marking'), etc.
If such dogs are supervised by their owners and kept in a fenced yard without an opportunity to breed a wandering female in heat then having them neutered is not necessary. It's your decision.
We have not heard of any cases where there are problems from having male dogs neutered.
In most every case, having the surgery either improved the dog's behavior or had no apparent effect.
Neutering your male dog will never make your dog “worse” if that is your concern.
What type of undesirable behavioral problems should I look for as a reason to neuter my dog?
Although a large percentage of undesirable behavior problems stems from a lack of training, there are many issues that are a result of sexual frustration.
If your dog has a habit of humping both objects and people often, then neutering your male dog would more than likely ease this situation.
Also, attempting to leave the yard and go roaming not only is a result of sexual frustration but also is quite a pain to deal with when you have to look for your dog every night. Having your dog undergo the operation too can alleviate this.
If you adopt a dog from the SPCA or similar organization, they routinely neuter both males and females prior to adoption.
This prevents accidental puppies, which add to the over population of pets that end up getting euthanized. There are so many truly nice dogs that end up in pounds and shelters, why add more to it?
You may want to consider the fact that veterinarians find that some male dogs develop testicular disease as they age.This includes, but is not limited to, testicular cancer.
This may or may not happen to your dog but if indeed he undergoes the surgery, testicular disease will never be an issue.
Having your male dog neutered may also help him have much lower chances for problems such as prostate glands and cancerous growths.
You are encouraged to discuss any of these ailments with your veterinarian as well as ask questions about neutering your dog.