Just had another relatively heated debate on neutering! I was asked my opinion on early neutering in dogs and for the large part it went down like a bag of poo in a hot car! For sure I can understand the emotion around the subject but the studies don’t lie nor do they support early neutering in dogs.
So, I thought maybe I should bang the drum once more from here regarding the early neutering of dogs. My stance is – don’t do it to your puppy. For female dog owners, it means keeping them under close wraps for ONE season, a couple of weeks, to the great benefit of their health.
Sex hormones function in many aspects of their growth and development, not just reproduction. Think of the difference between a 12yr old boy and a 13yr old boy. The sex hormones are the brakes in the process. If you want hip dysplasia amongst a number of other growth issues, then remove those breaks before growth is finished.
The cancer argument is redundant because, while removing the testicles will stop the likes of testicle cancer, it at the same time INCREASES the likelihood of many other cancers. So you end up playing a game of this for that.
Countless studies show abnormal bone growth in neutered pets, they are taller with an increased risk of bone disease. There is a higher likelihood of hyperthyroidism incontinence and disease.
Many countries have banned the practice (Norway, Sweden, Finland, Denmark) with the likes of Germany and Switzerland are following suit. Those countries consider it barbaric to give a prepubescent child a hysterectomy because you can’t control the dog for that short period.
But what about all the unwanted pups? It happens that those countries have little to no dog over-population problem.
The US, UK and Ireland follow reasonably aggressive neutering policies and we have a massive dog over-population problem. Over 300 shelters, charities, groups and pounds trying to mop up the unwanted strays.
Sweden has one pound, full of unwanted Irish dogs.
How do they do it? Heavy fines. If you have a litter you’ll be looking after it. If you surrender them it will cost you until we find a home. Over there you do not tie unwanted dogs to the gate of the pound and walk away. You get caught treating an animal like that and you’re in BIG trouble.
Clearly, the dog over-population problem goes way beyond an aggressive neutering policy. The answer lies in legislation and penalties.
If you have to neuter your dog, for whatever reason, then only do it when they are sexually mature and finished growing.
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