To Neuter or Not To Neuter?

You have a puppy or kitten and you are trying to decide whether or not to neuter him. Let us look at your options.

Puppy/Dog

If you are planning on breeding your dog, then obviously you will not want to neuter him right away. Keep your dog on a leash as it can breed with any dog while it is not neutered and there are enough unwanted puppies and dogs. If you take your un-neutered dog to a dog park, keep an eye on him so that he does not try to breed with another dog. If your un-neutered dog “humps” your leg or your friends’ legs, scold him. Train him that that is unacceptable behavior. It is quite the unwanted behavior. Once you have bred your dog however many times you want to, please get your dog neutered so that it cannot breed with other dogs.

If you are not planning on breeding your dog, you should get it neutered as soon as possible. Neutering is a simple procedure and does not make your dog less of a male. It will stop some aggressive behavior and it also protects your dog from many diseases, including some cancers, and elongates the life of your dog. So, it actually is one of the best things you can do for your puppy/dog.

Kitten/Cat

Most people do not breed their cats but if you decide to, then obviously you won’t be neutering your kitten right away. But do not let your kitten or cat run wild while it is un-neutered as it will breed with any cat and there are enough unwanted kittens and cats. Do your best to keep it indoors until it is neutered. Once you have bred your cat as many times as you want to, get him neutered. Then, if you want, you can let him run wild.

If you are not planning on breeding your kitten, get him neutered as soon as possible. Neutering is a simple and safe procedure and can protect your cat from many diseases, including some cancers, as well as elongating his life. So, it is actually one of the best things you can do for your kitten/cat.

Neutering your animal does not have to cost a fortune. There are many spay/neuter clinics as well as vets that offer reduced prices for the procedure. To get a list of reduced priced services in your area, contact your local Humane Society or a shelter. There is also a spay/neuter month during which time vets that do not normally offer reduced prices, will offer them. Of course, you may not want to wait for that month to come along and you do not have to thanks to the kindness of other vets.

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