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To neuter or not.
Is that the question?

It's a tough decision, but it has to be made.

A simple way to achieve your answer is to decide whether you plan to breed your dog or cat.   If you are a breeder, of course, breeding is top priority.   Or as a pet owner, you may want to continue your pet's special characteristics knowing you already have homes for their offspring.   (Just remember, when we say breeding, we mean controlled breeding, not one where your pet roam the streets at will looking for a mate.   If so, he or she are bound to encounter mishap instead of a loving mate.

If you decide not to breed your pet, then we at Quail Roost would like to encourage you to have your pet neutered.   Former President Clinton's dog, Buddy, a Labrador was neutered just last spring.   Mr. Clinton agreed to do this at the request of actress Doris Day who represents an animal group concerned with over population and the killing of unwanted animals.   President Clinton also felt that by doing so he would be setting a good example.

Research has proven that a neutered pet is a healthier pet, a pet that will live longer, a pet that is easier to train, a calmer and more affectionate pet; and a pet that will not produce kittens or puppies
that you may not find suitable homes for and are bound to be mistreated or put to sleep.

Having your pet neutered will also eliminate (in the case of females) heat cycles which can be a nuisance due to blood spotting and strong odors in the indoor pet.   If you have multiple pets, aggressive behavior when in heat can lead to fighting.  It also is a proven fact that females when sterilized specially if done early in life are protected against breast cancer.

Another important disease of female dogs involve infection of the uterus (pyometra) which can lead to septic shock or death is also eliminated by having your female dog neutered.

In the case of the males, neutering also has its beneficial effects.

Neutered males loose their tendency to mark their territory with frequent urinating and the urine odor is also reduced in sterilized males.

Males will not fight as much if neutered, older males will have less chance of developing certain tumors (perineal tumor) which are influenced by hormones and also dreaded prostrate related illness such as enlarged prostrate (hyperplasia) prostrate infections or abscess, as well as prostrate cancer are eliminated when neutering is done early in life.

In the special case of male dogs that have one or both testicles retained inside their body, neutering is a must early in life for those retained testicles have a high incidence of tumor formation.

As to the frequently asked question whether the procedure causes animals to be fat and lazy, the truth that excessive food is what makes any pet fat and consequently lazy.    If the caloric requirements are decreased because the pet is less active, then the animal's leaner intake of calories will avoid weight gain, whether the pet is neutered or not.   As for the ability of the pet to be a good guard of the yard or home, neutering has no effect on their instinct to protect their turf.

At Quail Roost Animal Hospital we make neutering as comforting as possible.

If you do decide to breed your pet we are here to help.   We can provide a safe environment for your pet's breeding purposes, as well as perform artificial insemination if preferred.  To  neuter or not?   We hope we've answered your question.

 

Quail Roost Animal Hospital
Julio A. Ibáñez, D.V.M.
10575 S.W. 186 Street (Quail Roost Drive)
Miami, Florida   33157
(305) 235-4991 Office