Did you know there are more reasons to have your male dog neutered than just population control?
Controlling pet overpopulation is the number one reason for neutering both male and female pets, as there are seven dogs and cats born every day for every one new person! There are simply not enough homes for all of the pets being born.
Buddy, a three year old Springer Spaniel, arrived today for a routine well-patient vaccination visit. His arrival reminded me that not everyone knows those other reasons, so today we’ll cover them.
As a doctor, the first one that comes to mind is always prostate disease. I’ve seen my share of old male dogs unable to urinate because their prostates were swollen from fifteen years of stimulation by testosterone. No cancer, no infection, just BPH, Benign Prostatic Hypertrophy. Just as in people, dogs’ prostates get bigger and bigger in response to years of exposure to testosterone. Being unable to urinate is a horrible way to die.
While research has not yet reached a final conclusion, veterinary urologists generally agree that the likelihood of prostate infection and prostate cancer are both reduced as a result of neutering a dog when he is young. A small prostate is a healthy prostate.
While it might take years to see the benefits of a disease-free prostate gland after having your dog neutered, there are many advantages that will occur in the first thirty days.
One is that he will be much less likely to mark his territory by urinating on your furniture, your house, your trees, your children and everything else he wants to smell like him.
He will be unlikely to dig out of the yard when he smells Fifi down the street coming in heat every six months.
Since he won’t be en route to Fifi’s house, he won’t get hit by a car along the way.
And he won’t be fighting with the other dogs who are vying for Fifi’s affections.
Perhaps thinking of the longer, happier life your male dog will have as a result of his neuter surgery will make you want to call and schedule an appointment right now.
See you tomorrow, Dr. Randolph.