Are you considering having your dog neutered? The idea of putting your pet through a surgical procedure can be daunting, so naturally, you want to be informed about the procedure. In this guide, we break down exactly what dog neutering is, along with the benefits and potential downsides of the surgery. We’ll also outline the neutering surgery in detail so you understand precisely what is involved, what the recovery looks like, and how much it may cost you. While you’re here, you might also want to learn about the chemical castration option for dogs.
Let’s dig in.
Table of contents
- What is dog neutering?
- How much does neutering a dog cost?
- Benefits of neutering a dog
- Does neutering calm a dog down?
- Are there disadvantages to neutering a dog?
- So, when should a dog be neutered?
- The dog neutering procedure
- Neutering dogs with cryptorchidism
- Recovery from surgery
- Will neutering change your dog’s behavior?
What is dog neutering?
Neutering is a surgical procedure performed on male dogs to sterilize them. Also known as dog castration, neutering involves the removal of a dog’s testicles. In addition to rendering the dog infertile, neutering also protects dogs against testicular cancer and has been associated with certain behavioral changes, which we will discuss later in this article.
How much does neutering a dog cost?
The cost of neutering a dog varies depending on the vet who performs the procedure. Generally speaking, it could cost anywhere from $50 to $200.
Even if the cost of the neuter procedure seems daunting, it’s nothing compared to the cost of raising a litter of puppies.
If money is an obstacle preventing you from neutering your dog, there are probably discount options available. Many cities run discount spay and neuter programs to help make the procedure available to anyone who needs it. If you’re not sure if your city offers this type of program, contact your local ASPCA branch or search “low-cost spay and neuter clinics” in your town.
Benefits of neutering a dog
There are many benefits associated with neutering your dog, including:
- Preventing unwanted litters of puppies
- Protecting him from testicular cancer
- Limiting sexual urges (like the tendency to hump pets, people, and objects)
- Reducing your dog’s tendency to roam (due to less testosterone production)
- According to the Humane Society, neutered male dogs have been shown to live longer than unaltered male dogs
- Reducing the risk of prostate and hormone-related issues
Does neutering calm a dog down?
When a male dog is neutered, their testosterone production is limited, reducing their sexual urges. As a result, the dog is less likely to perform territorial marking, and his urge to hump other dogs will be lowered. Lower testosterone levels also mean male dogs are less likely to roam and run away.