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Get all the facts right before you neuter your male dog
Posted on : 01/10/2018 08:39:18 AM

It won’t be long before your puppy reaches sexual maturity, bringing with it the question of whether or not to neuter them. Neutering your puppy can have many benefits for their health, can help to make them easier to manage, and help prevent unwanted litters. But most owners are unsure about what neutering involves so it is important to get all the facts from your vet to help you make the right decision.

What you need to know about male dog sterilisation

Sterilisation is a sensitive issue that needs proper care and knowledge. Following are the most common questions on male dog sterilisation.


Why should I sterilise a male dog?

  • The two most important reasons why male dog neutering is essential is to prevent him from running away and to reduce his hostility towards other dogs. 
  • Dogs that need to stay focused on their work (e.g.: guide-dogs for the blind or disabled people) are also usually sterilised.

What is the right time to sterilise my male dog?

  • Sterilisation in male dogs is usually carried out just before puberty, between 7 and 10 months.
  • Large and giant dogs tend to reach puberty later than smaller dogs, and are therefore slightly older when sterilised.
  • Early sterilisation helps to prevent ostentatious sexual behaviour. This means that the dog will be less attracted to females on heat and will therefore be less tempted to ride them or to urinate on their territory.
  • Sterilising your puppy when he’s too young may prove to be dangerous for your dog.

How is a male dog sterilised?

  • Surgical ablation of the testicles is the most frequent way of sterilising a male dog.
  • In some rare cases, testicles are left intact but the seminal tubes are sealed.
  • This solution is adopted when reproduction has to be prevented without modifying the dog’s behaviour (e.g. for working dogs).
  • Chemical sterilisation is sometimes performed on feral dogs because the technique is less expensive, although the effect is only temporary.

Where can I sterilise my dog?

  • Dog sterilisation is a surgical procedure that should only be performed by vets in a canine veterinarian clinic.
  • Trying to sterilise your dog on your own can be a very painful process for the dog and can result in multiple complications. It is definitely not recommended, and the final cost is often much greater than the standard price of a sterilisation in a clinic.

How does sterilisation affect my dog’s health?

  • According to a study conducted, it is shown that a sterilised dog lives up to 14% longer.
  • He is more likely to gain weight than a non-sterilised dog hence your dog’s diet and physical activity have to be carefully controlled to keep him fit.
  • A special diet for sterilised dogs is highly recommended.
  • The shortcoming of sterilisation is that while neutering protects dogs from testicular problems,it may increase the risk of tumours, especially on the prostate. Bone tumours (osteosarcoma) are also thought to be more frequent in neutered dogs.

Royal Canin tip:

When a dog is neutered as an adult, his behaviour is not necessarily altered. As a rule, neutering is not an appropriate solution for treating behaviour disorders, unless the dog is particularly aggressive towards others dogs.

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