If you have recently adopted an intact male dog, then you have a decision to make: should you have the dog neutered? Unless the dog has prize-winning bloodlines and you plan to breed him, the answer is a resounding "yes." Here are four reasons neutering a dog is almost always the right choice.
He won't stray from home as readily.
Intact male dogs are known to roam in search of female companions. If your dog runs away from home, he could become injured by a car, get in a fight with other dogs, or even eat poison like antifreeze or rat bait. And don't assume a fence will keep your dog in; many have escaped under and over fences. Neutered male dogs are much less likely to roam. They will be more driven to stay close by you and your family rather than chase the ladies! This decreases your dog's risk of injuries and also the risk of you losing your pet.
He won't impregnate neighbors' dogs.
Hopefully your neighbors know to get their female dogs spayed. However, if they have a young dog who has not been spayed yet -- or if they have a female they intend to use for breeding -- the last thing you want is for your dog to get theirs pregnant. This can be dangerous for their dog, and then they will have to find homes for all of the puppies. There are already more dogs than there are homes for them in the world.
He won't get testicular cancer.
Testicular cancer is a relatively common problem in male dogs. It can easily spread to the dog's other organs, and before you know it, the cancer has claimed his life. When your dog is neutered, his testicles are removed, so he cannot get this cancer. He has a greater chance of living a long, healthy life.
He won't be as aggressive.
Not every intact male dog is aggressive. There are many factors that impact a dog's level of aggression, from his breed to training. However, intact dogs are more likely to be aggressive then neutered ones because they have higher testosterone levels. A neutered dog will be more docile, and an all-around safer dog to have around children and guests.
To learn more about the benefits of neutering your dog, talk to your vet. Unless you have a specific reason not to do so, neutering your dog is almost always the right choice. Contact companies like All Creatures Animal Hospital for more information.