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neutering a male

i have always had female dogs before and had them neutered, usually under a year old.
mugsy came to me at 10 months and since then i have not had the opportunity to take any time off from work (i want to stay home for the after surgery part) to get it done.

is there any benefit to not having him neutered?

the vet said he should be neutered to avoid several cancers when he is older. this was news to me.

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Joe, I have always had all my dogs, cats, ferrets, spayed within their first year. My vet has always recommended it. I know that intact males have a tendancy to mark more and I believe some people have reported aggressive behavior. I would think it should be a decision for you to make with your vet.
My vet always said to do, I never asked why but the cancer issue makes sense to me!

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It is true that an unneutered male has a higher chance of getting cancer as their testicles are intact.

Are you going to breed or show him in conformation? If not, I don't see why you wouldn't want to neuter him in the first place.


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i have no plans to show or breed, mugs is my companion only.

i'm not against have him neutered but was exploring the options.
plus, i didn't realize till lately that, for him, it's a complete removal of his testicles and that sorta threw me...it's a male thing i guess.

i guess i need to find some time to book off work.
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Joe, I am sure it IS a guy thing!!

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I had to smile when I read 'the guy thing' post. Meanwhile I am sure my DH cringed at the thought.
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i have always had female dogs before and had them neutered, usually under a year old.
mugsy came to me at 10 months and since then i have not had the opportunity to take any time off from work (i want to stay home for the after surgery part) to get it done.

is there any benefit to not having him neutered?

the vet said he should be neutered to avoid several cancers when he is older. this was news to me.

joe
Sully was a show dog before we got him at about 9 1/2 months. We decided to just get it done and over with, and do the deed. His parts were laser off and were healed up within days (one was healed in 3 days!). The other he removed his own stitches at 5 days I guess since they were healed. He was playful and yearning to do a RLH the second day. We waited. All and all, I have almost always had male animals, and always desexed them. If they are not showing or breeding why run the risk? And there is a debate on the cancer of the testies, I was not willing to take that risk with our little guy.
You will get lots of advise, but ask yourself, why did you spay your girls? If you do decide. The blood panels and pretests are worth the extra money, in my opinion. Best of luck in you decision.

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Joe, if you are really concerned about him not having testicles, they sell prosthetics. They are call Neuticles. Honest, I am not kidding.


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You can also find a veterinarian that will do a vasectomy instead of full castration.
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Joe, if you are really concerned about him not having testicles, they sell prosthetics. They are call Neuticles. Honest, I am not kidding.

For dogs? Now I heard of everything.

I only had girl dogs too until Houston. I didn't even think about it because he is only a pet. I didn't want him marking.
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