Neuter

The Neuter surgery is the most common method to sterilize male animals. Though neutering refers to sterilizing both sexes, the common meaning applies to males, and involves castration or removal of the testes for the purpose of birth control.  Unwanted animals is a serious problem and, unless you are intentionally reproducing a popular breed, it is crucial that you neuter your male pet.  In addition to reduced population, there are many health benefits to neutering your pet.

Benefits to neutering your pet

  • Reduces or eliminates unwanted behavoirs such as mounting, urine spraying.
  • Reduces or eliminates  some kinds of aggression.
  • Decreases roaming in dogs, which is often caused when your dog senses a female in heat. Female pheromones can travel great distances through the air.
  • Increased concentration can make your animal easier to train.
  • Eliminates possibility of testicular tumors, both malignant and benign.
  • Reduces possibility of certain kinds of  hernia, due to reduced testosterone levels.
  • Reduced testosterone also results in fewer perianal tumors and prostate problems (over 80% of intact male dogs develop prostate disease).
  • Reduced risk of many types of cancer

 Answers to common misconceptions

  • Your pet will not become “fat and lazy”.
  • Neutering will not change your pet’s personality
  • Your dog will retain it’s natural instinct to protect home & family
  • Neutering should be done when the animal is young, not at 2 years.  Early surgery is simpler and less traumatic.
  • Your animal will not lose strength or muscle tone due to the surgery

At Foothills Animal Hospital, we recommend that your pet be neutered between 5 and 8 months of age.   We perform the surgery in house and you can typically take your pet home the same day.

Call for an appointment  303-988-0403