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Why Neuter Your Pet?

damien_lgMost people can see the obvious benefit of spaying a female dog — avoiding unwanted litters — but don’t know the many medical and behavioral benefits of having their male dogs neutered.

I. Neutered dogs are healthier. Neutered dogs are less likely to develop prostate problems and testicular tumors. By eliminating most roaming and fighting, neutering reduces the risk of injury and infection, saving you expensive veterinary bills.

II. Neutered dogs are more content and better behaved. Neutering reduces the annoying and embarrassing urge of male dogs to “mount” furniture or people’s legs. Neutering reduces aggression against other animals. A male sensing a female in heat nearby may break down doors and jump fences, and will roam the neighborhood searching for her. Neutering relieves this sexual frustration and lets the dog relax and enjoy being part of the family. Dogs have no psychological sex drive. They feel no need to reproduce, and are happier when they’re neutered.

Neutering is a relatively safe and painless operation done by a licensed veterinarian.

In some areas, neutered dogs are eligible for reduced license fees which soon make up the cost of the operation. By neutering your dog, you enhance his chances of living a long healthy life, save yourself a great deal of potential trouble and cost, and make your pet a more content family member.

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