The truth about spaying and neutering in dogs

Do you have your dog spayed or neutered, or not? Although most owners in the Netherlands do opt for this, there are also owners who, for all sorts of different reasons, do not.

In this article, we’ll take a closer look at what neutering means and what it means for you and your dog.

Should I have my dog ​​spayed or neutered?

Spaying or neutering dogs has many benefits. By ‘helping’ your dog at a young age, you prevent it from trying to escape later to follow its hormones.

By preventing an unplanned pregnancy, you save yourself from unplanned expenses. You also actively contribute to the community by not caring for even more dogs in the shelter. After all, you never know whether every puppy from a litter will find a permanent home, even if the pregnancy is planned.

Another advantage of the procedure is that you will suffer less from unwanted marking and driving behavior in males and problems with heat in females. In addition, you reduce the risk of cancer in the testes, breasts, ovaries or uterus.

The possible dangers Spay/neuter in dogs can primarily be mitigated by discussing the best time for surgery with a knowledgeable physician and breeder. To reduce the risk of problems with osteoporosis and hip dysplasia, it can help to operate only when the dog is fully grown.

Another way is not to completely remove the genitals, but to leave the ovaries to sit of An willsectomie to be carried out. The hormone balance of the dog then remains intact, while a pregnancy is prevented.

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Common Myths About Spaying and Neutering in Dogs

Technically speaking, at the castration of male dogs with the testes removed, while in females the both ovaries and uterus are removed. This may sound somewhat traumatic, but the benefits certainly outweigh the risks. In fact, some of the objections to spaying and neutering stem mainly from a lack of proper information.

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Just think about the following:

  • Does a dog have feelings of regret or grief? new. We must be careful not to project our own insecurities onto our dogs. For a dog it simply means that he has less biological need and can fully enjoy the place he occupies in your family.


  • Does a male have the feeling that he has been ’emasculated’? new. He may need to get used to it for a while because he feels something has changed, but we’re really filling in too much when we link this to canine depression. Some owners even go so far as to have their dogs fitted with a prosthetic testicle as a solution to so-called self-esteem problems, but as Pet MD points out, this cosmetic procedure is not necessary at all.


  • Will a female suffer emotionally that she will never have puppies? new. The societal and personal pressure on women to have children is very real, but dogs don’t have that pressure. The surgery is best done before they go into heat for the first time.


  • Are there any possible negative side effects? As with all medical procedures, the answer is and… However, the side effects are limited and rare. Sometimes they are also the result of an intervention performed too early or too late. On the websites of the Medical Center for Animals and Veterinarians you will find extensive information about possible negative consequences of sterilization on castration.
    Will your dog gain weight after surgery? new. Dogs may become more prone to gain weight, but that is not so much a direct result of the surgery as of a lack of monitoring and adjustment of the diet to changes in metabolism and appetite.


  • Does a dog calm down after surgery? And, in most cases yes. After all, he no longer has to fight for the attention of the bitches and he no longer suffers from certain hormonal protection instincts. Most studies show that dogs become less aggressive and listen better. That doesn’t mean surgery is the answer to all your puppy problems, you’ll still have to work hard to raise your dog properly.
    The right time for sterilization or castration
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The right time for sterilization or castration

Talk to your vet about the best time to spay or neuter your dog. Many vets recommend performing the surgery when the dog is between 2 and 6 months old. The advantage of surgery at a young age is that it is simpler and the dog does not yet have an urge to reproduce.

Some breeders and advocates of purebred dogs, especially large breeds, recommend postponing surgery until the dog is fully grown, even if it means there is a higher chance of unwanted behavior and unplanned pregnancy.

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