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Reasons Why it’s Sometimes Undesirable to Spay or Neuter
· Surgical complications. Although this is uncommon, dogs are likely to experience problems during surgery or recovery. For instance, some pooches may react poorly to anesthesia; or their wound may not patch up as it should be thereby resulting in serious infections.
· Risks of some types of cancer and other health issues. Although neutering can put off specific types of cancer, pooches especially the large purebred kinds, which have been castrated or spayed before they turned one year old, tend to have a higher probability of developing osteosarcoma as compared to intact dogs. Besides, early spaying can also increase their risk of growing heart tumors. Aside from that, early neutering can also lead to your pooch becoming more prone to health issues like hip dysplasia, abnormal bone growth, and hypothyroidism.
· Costs. Some dog owners can’t help themselves but worry about the expenses involved in neutering. Nevertheless, if this is one of your concerns, try to contact your local humane society as they might be able to recommend you to some low-cost vet clinics that regularly perform canine neutering operations.
There are also many myths surrounding spaying and neutering a pet. Many believe that altering a dog will change his personality. In fact, the personality is more a result of genetics and environment than of sexual hormones. Choosing whether or not to spay or neuter your dog is a personal decision to be made with the dog’s best interest in mind. However, those who choose not to sterilize their dogs should take extra care to keep them away from other un-altered dogs to avoid unwanted pregnancies, and should take extra measures to keep these dogs from escaping.