We haven’t neutered our dog yet. My husband doesn’t want to have our pup fixed because he’s afraid it’ll make him less “manly”. I’m still on the fence about the whole thing. What’s your opinion regarding to neuter or not to neuter?
On the fence about
neutering in Fulshear
Dear On The Fence,
With Father’s Day coming up this weekend, your question is indeed timely. So, in honor of Father’s Day, I’d like to help encourage you to KEEP your pet from ever becoming a father in the first place. Today, we’re tackling the common misconceptions surrounding pet neutering and debunking some of the social mores surrounding the topic.
Neuter is the term for the surgical removal of the testicles, rendering a male sterile. Neutering can be performed as early as 3-6 months of age and is done under general anesthesia by a veterinarian. The procedure itself is not felt by the patient. There may be mild discomfort after the surgery, but most animals return to normal activity within 24 to 72 hours. Costing less than most major surgeries, the prices of neutering vary but many low-cost spay/neuter facilities advertise the procedure as low as $40 for a male cat neuter and ranges from $50-$90 for dogs, based upon their weight.
Now, let’s separate some fact from fiction:
Fiction: If I have my pet neutered, he’ll be lonely for a mate and effeminate.
Fact: As a loving pet owner, it’s hard not to project your own feelings onto your pets, but it’s important to remember that pets don’t have a concept of sexual identity or ego. Your pet will not miss the intimacy or the romance of sex–trust me, there’s none of that stuff in the animal world anyway. Neutering can also correct behavioral problems caused by the sex instinct, keep male cats from roaming and spraying and decrease the occurrence of prostate disease in pets.
Fiction: Neutering my pet will cause him to become fat and lazy.
Fact: That’s another puzzler because we all know how pets–and people, for that matter–become fat and lazy: lack of exercise and an over-abundance of food.
Fiction: If my pet fathers a litter, I’ll help find homes for all of the puppies or kittens.
Fact: The market is absolutely saturated with adorable puppies and kittens looking for homes. What makes you think that your pet’s offspring will be the lucky ones to find loving homes and not end up in a shelter (like the 6-8 million who come to shelters every year <3-4 million of whom are euthanized> according to the ASPCA)?
Simply put, neutering is an easy procedure that will save lives, reduce the strain on our area animal shelters and increase you and your pet’s quality of life. It’s time to “man-up” this Father’s Day and cross “neutering your pet” off your list.
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