Neutering a male dog is a surgical process of removing the dog’s testicles or reproductive organs. The process is called spaying when applied to female dogs. In spaying the ovaries and uterus of the female dog is removed. Minimum hospitalization is only required for neutering your dog. Neutering a dog is not at all harmful for him or her; instead it provides him/her some crucial health benefits. Many states are offering low cost neutering programs in the U.S. This makes neutering accessible and affordable to each and every dog owner. There are some debates about the ideal age for neutering a dog and what is posted here is the suggestion of an authority on dogs in the US, which is based on their studies.
The ideal age for neutering your dog
The ASPCA (American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) recommends that your dog should be neutered at 6 months of age or before he reaches sexual maturity. Puppies at animal rescue centers are neutered before they are allowed to be adopted even if they are younger than 6 months of age.
Side effects in neutering your dog
There are no negative side effects in neutering a dog, in contrast to what some people believe. The dog’s personality does not change and it does not make your dog lazy or obese. The reality is that early neutering will make your dog grow larger than those that are operated on at a later age.
Benefits of neutering
There are many benefits that can be realized when you have your dog neutered. The risks of testicular, prostate or anal cancers are either eliminated or reduced. Behavioral benefits include making your dog less likely to roam free in search of female dogs or to mark their territory. Aggression in the dog is also minimized due to this.