A lot of pet owners refuse to neuter their male dogs. These pet owners tend to transfer their emotions about the procedure onto their dogs or cats. They believe that it is a cruel and unusual punishment for their pet.
However, many put off neutering, especially their dogs, because they have heard one or more of the many myths about neutering. Despite all these rumors and myths, neutering is a responsible procedure that won’t harm the health of your pet.
The following are some of the corrected misconceptions that stop many from having their dogs or cats neutered.
Neutering Your Pet Will Not Cause Depression For The Lack Of Sex:
Even if you think so, believe it or not, our pets are not humans, and they don’t have the same mental drive about sex that humans do. Animals are not hung up on the idea of intimacy or the romance, like our society desires so much. Even though many pet owners humanize their dog or cat, and treat them as if they were human, I have to tell you, “your pet is still an animal”, with a genetically derived drive for sex that is only instinct. The lack of having sex will not be harmful and will not affect or depress, your pet.
Some People Think That Neutering Will Cause Their Pet To Become Weak Or Effeminate:
This is absolutely unfounded and there is no evidence that neutering will lead to any kind of physical inabilities or loss of strength. Actually, neutering is beneficial and removes the sexual instinct that can cause some pets to be overly active and stressed. It is well know that neutering actually can correct many behavioral problems caused by sex hormone secretion. This is especially evident in homes that have multiple pets and in households where females are living.
If your dog barks at strangers now, the dog will still bark at strangers. The thought that a neutered dog will no longer make a good guard dog is unfounded. This is just us humans passing off our inherent feelings and misguided beliefs, which we are projecting onto our pets. Actually, neutering shows a responsible and loving owner.
Then There Are Those Who Feel That Neutering Is An Unnatural Act:
But if you assume that, then you can logically suggest that having a pet isn’t natural either. “Dogs used to be wild pack animals, so humans keeping a dog and providing for all its care is just as unnatural.” Look at it this way. Your pet relies on you to take care of it, which includes feeding it, petting it, grooming it and even taking it to the veterinarian, when necessary for its health.
Did you know that neutering your dog can actually protect it from certain unhealthy situations? A female dog in heat will cause some male animals to pursue her which could possibly lead to the male pet getting lost or even worse hit by a car. Male dogs act differently and more aggressively around females, which lead to fights and injury. Neutering your pet will eliminates these dangerous situations.
Neutering at an early age also significantly decreases the risk of prostatic cancer, enlarged prostate gland, perianal tumors and perineal hernia. All of which occur in later life.
Your Dog Won’t Get Fat Or Stop Being Active After Neutering:
Just as in humans, overeating, especially the wrong things, and decreased physical activity are the main causes for becoming over weight. If you don’t overfeed your pet and don’t neglect to take your pet for walks or some other activity, your pet ain’t gonna get fat, just because of neutering. This is a misconception that is popular, because it does happen sometimes. But, it is not because of the surgical procedure, but is due to the habits of the owner over feeding their pet. All someone needs to do, is to feed their pet the right amount of food, and provide some exercise on a daily basis.
Hopefully, this will put to rest, these myths about neutering. But, I know that no matter what anyone says, some of you won’t except any of it, and will keep your mythical opinions. That’s OK. We are all entitled to them, opinions that is…
Taylor Ohman, Staff Veterinarian, Gulport Veterinarian, An Animal Hospital in Gulfport, FL 33707, 1.727.384.4413