Desexing your dog is an important responsibility of any pet owner. The risks associated with not desexing your dog can lead to health and behavioural issues, and can even be fatal. The issue of desexing dogs is fraught with unsubstantiated claims and myths leading some people to avoid the procedure completely. But in fact, desexing your dog is extremely important for their health. Here are some of the most common myths given against desexing dogs.
There is no scientific evidence that suggests female dogs benefit in any way from having a litter. In fact, it can actually affect her health by making her more likely to develop cancers in reproductive organs. The birthing process also has risks especially if your dog needs a caesarian. Having an undesexed female dog who doesn’t ever give birth also increases the risk of a disease called pyometra, where the uterus fills up with pus. This is a potentially fatal disease if not treated by a vet, and when treated, your female dog will get desexed anyway. This can cost you several times more than if you had just gotten her desexed in the first place.
A dog doesn’t experience any physical changes when they get desexed (except for two changes on a male dog). They will not become overweight unless they are fed with wrong food and are not exercised, same as with us humans!
Desexing removes the sexual urges that drive certain dog behaviour. If your dog is humping or escaping due to sexual urges, desexing will actually help stop these behaviours. However, if your dog is disobedient because they haven’t had proper training, desexing won’t fix this behaviour. Male dogs have a higher chance of being aggressive if not desexed due to excessive amounts of testosterone running through their body. Removing the testicles will remove aggression caused by sexual urges.
For most dogs, the earlier you can desex them, the better. Your vet will advise you in your first puppy appointment when you should desex your dog, but usually this is at about 6 months old. Rescue organisations and some breeders will desex their puppies even younger. The only exception is for male large breed dogs who should be desexed later as it helps them develop a healthier skeletal system.
Desexing your dog is a one-time expense which can prevent a lot of unnecessary expenses due to the cost of having a litter and health issues. Spread out over the span of your dog’s life, it is actually less expensive than your dog’s flea and worm prevention. Desexing is part of being a responsible pet owner. At South Eastern Animal Hospital, we offer affordable desexing for your dog with the best care guaranteed. Find out more about the desexing procedure or contact us to book your dog in for an appointment.