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Should you Spay or Neuter Your Dog?

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training revolution today's video isn't

quite as clear-cut as you might think

see neutering is the process of removing

all or part of a dog's reproductive

organs so that they can't reproduce the

term neuter actually applies to both

sexes while the term spay that applies

to females and castrate two males

neutering is the most common form of

sexual sterilization for animals now the

question of whether or when to neuter a

dog well it's gotten a lot more

complicated than it used to be there's

no question that there's a huge

overpopulation problem with pets here in

the United States and in other places

around the world and here in America at

least about half of dogs that enter

shelters are euthanized neutering dogs

is one way to guarantee that any

individual dog won't contribute to this

problem and for that reason it makes

sense for shelters to neuter dogs who

are being adopted out to unknown

families with unknown levels of

responsibility for the overall welfare

of more dogs everywhere let's be clear

this is not a dog problem this is very

much a people problem it's our

responsibility to make sure that our

dogs are not roaming and having

unplanned litters the only people who

should be breathing dogs are qualified

responsible and ethical breeders from a

health perspective though there's still

a lot we need to learn about both the

positive and the negative effects of

neutering your dog the thing is the

science is far from nailed down on how

neutering is going to affect dogs in the

long run but if you already have your

pet and you're trying to decide whether

or when to neuter them at all more data

is pointing to the fact that it might be

better to wait until they reach physical

maturity many studies have been

attempted to look at the health risks

and benefits of neutering a dog and so

far it looks like

both risks and benefits to consider so

think about it when you're neutering a

dog you're removing an entire organ now

most organs serve more than one function

so in the case of these reproductive

organs they secrete hormones among other

things

so while disabling the ability for a dog

to reproduce we could also be disrupting

other biological processes neutering

dogs appears to reduce or completely

eliminate the risk for many diseases

including some cancers and infections

which could be fatal for example since

the uterus and ovaries are removed in a

traditional space spayed females are not

at risk for pyometra

a common life-threatening infection of

the uterus or uterine or ovarian cancers

similarly neutered males are prevented

from ever developing testicular cancer

because well they don't have testicles

however other studies from the Journal

of the American Veterinary Medical

Association have linked neutering with

increased risk of other types of cancers

and diseases including bone and blood

vessel cancers ligament injuries hip

dysplasia and cognitive impairments

neutering does seem to help the

overpopulation problem that we have but

it may or may not have long-term health

effects on individual dogs it seems that

all of this research is pointing out how

much we actually don't know about this

topic more than what we do know so how

does neutering affect your dog

behaviorally speaking I mean does it

calm them down keep them from running

away or help with potty accidents from

the behavior perspective results so far

are ambiguous on both sides of the fence

when it comes to behavior changes after

neutering the way a dog behaves as a

combination of their genetics their

overall life experience and their

environment and while neutering does

seem to affect some behaviors

specifically those related to sex there

is nothing to suggest that it will

dramatically change their overall

personality or behavior neutering is not

a magic answer if you want to resolve

behavioral issues you're gonna have to

really focus on training that said a

study from the UC Davis Veterinary

Medical teaching hospital found that

after being neutered many male dogs show

reduction in roaming marking and

mounting behavior specifically but

neutering your dog in and of itself

isn't going to keep your dog from

running away or having accidents in the

house it's up to you to teach that even

if you were to notice that your dog did

seem more calm after being neutered

there are other factors that contribute

far more greatly to a dog behaving more

calmly and acceptable Eve like learning

what's expected of them maturing and

having

more life experience overall it's

important to remember that most of these

behavior and medical studies are done on

household pets who have countless other

factors in their lives not the least of

which our lifestyle diet and their

individual genetics and those could

contribute to both medical and

behavioral changes whether or not a dog

is neutered studies about neutering dogs

really need to be improved before we can

begin to understand their long-term

effects in more detail most of these

studies to have small sample sizes which

could lead to statistically significant

results where there aren't any with a

broad population of dogs the way they

calculate the results is often subject

to a built-in selection bias of course

one of the huge benefits to having a dog

that's neutered is it's easier to

participate socially with your dog at

places like dog parks or doggy daycares

or playgroups because there's still so

much to learn about the long-term

effects it's important that you do your

own research talk to veterinary

professionals you trust and draw your

own conclusions about the best time if

any to neuter your dog understand though

if you decide not to neuter your dog

you're also making the commitment that

your dog is not going to be part of the

huge pet overpopulation problem we have

that's a huge commitment this is an

issue that so many people are really

passionate about and there are so many

things to consider but what do you think

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