Sterilization basically involves taking away the prime source of hormones that monitor reproduction as well as determine the unique physical and behavioral qualities that differentiate males and females. In dogs, this procedure is often carried out by surgical removal of the testicles in males, also known as neutering, and the ovaries in females, also called spaying.
The main purpose of spaying or neutering pets is to prevent them from reproducing. However, like any other medical intervention, this particular procedure also has various effects, both positive and negative. To help you decide whether or not to have your pooch sterilized, it is important that you compare the benefits and the potential risks depending on your pet’s disposition and the circumstances in which he lives.
Know Why Neutering is Beneficial
· It reduces some unwanted canine behaviors. Neutering a dog can help in preventing him from drifting around only to get to a female pooch in heat. Remember that a dog wandering the streets can get into accidents very easily. Besides, a neutered canine has fewer tendencies to mark his territory or mount and hump other dogs.
· It lessens the risk of some health concerns. Because some health complications in intact and non-breeding dogs are normally seen in their reproductive systems, neutering, in effect, can help in preventing some of these health problems to occur. For instance, while dog castration can counteract hernias and prostate-related problems, spaying in female dogs can ward off uterine infections and other reproductive system complications.
· It controls animal population. Without “birth control” among dogs, the trouble of having too many unwanted and homeless pets can put so many burdens on animal shelters; leading to euthanasia and other adverse alternatives.
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