Dog owners have differing opinions on whether the dog should be neutered or not. Neutering is often the option of responsible dog owners that are aware of the tragic plight of stray dogs – of the animals considered as man’s best friends that have to be put to sleep for being homeless. A dog owner with no plans of breeding would make sure that the pet is neutered so as not to add to the stray dogs problem.

To neuter a dog, a small incision is made on the skin to remove the testicles to prevent the dog from reproducing. But aside from this purpose, neutering is done to give the dog a healthier, a happier and a longer life. With the removal of the testicles, the risk for testicle cancer is removed as well. The hormone level of a neutered dog is controlled thus bad behavior that is associated with mood swings will be controlled as well. Neutering decreases a male dog’s inclination to roam thus the possibility of accidents that can snuff the life of the pet will be lessened.

Many dog owner though cannot decide when to schedule the neutering of the pet . Neutering has many unfounded beliefs. Neutering done at an early age is believed to have a significant impact on the personality and physical growth of the pet.

The playful and affectionate nature are some of the reasons why most people would choose to have a dog for a pet thus many owners would not dare neuter the dog at an early age because of the belief that the procedure will make the pet less playful and affectionate. Dog experts refute the veracity of these beliefs. Neutering the dog at any age will not affect the physical development and would not erase the dog’s admirable qualities. When is the right time to have the pet neutered?

Except for newborn puppies, dogs can be neutered anytime. Pets that are obtained from the breeder will know the right age of the dog but this will not be possible if the dog is adopted from a shelter. The neutering procedure can be done on a dog at any age providing the testicles have descended but as the primary reason for neutering is to prevent reproduction, it would be best if the dog is neutered before it has attained sexual maturity. Dog experts generally recommend neutering at 6 months of age especially for small breeds that reach puberty early. Dog experts recommend neutering large breeds at about 1 year of age as Great Danes, GSD and other large dogs take longer to mature sexually.

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