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Why You Should Neuter Your Male Dog

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Whitney has over 10 years of experience in dog training, rescuing, and healthcare.

Neutered French Bulldog

Neutered French Bulldog

Should I Neuter My Dog?

Throughout my pet parent years, I have had more male dogs than I have had females, and personally, I just like male dogs better. It has nothing to do with male dogs being more this or that than female dogs, because you can find females that are just as territorial as males. Just like people, dogs have different personalities.

As for why I like males dogs better, I just do. Plain and simple, but when it comes to male dogs, I make sure that they get neutered. It's a necessary procedure in my opinion.

The one thing that I find funny is the stereotype that men just don't want their male companion neutered. As the dated belief goes, it apparently takes away their "manhood" (shakes head and rolls eyes). Personally, dogs look so much more attractive without their genitals dangling as they walk, but there are also many logical reasons to have your male dog neutered. Below you'll find information about when to do it, why, and how.

When to Neuter a Male Dog

Male dogs can be safely neutered as early as eight weeks, although it is safer to wait until the puppy is at least six months old. Unlike the more involved process of spaying a female dog, neutering a male dog is less involved because you don't have to surgically go into the abdomen.

The Benefits of Neutering

If you have your male dog neutered before he is six months old, you can prevent unwanted pregnancy, roaming, and hormone-related aggression between other dogs. By neutering your dog, you will reduce testosterone-related aggression and concerns in general. You will also be reducing the risk of an enlarged prostate later in life.

It May Improve Their Behavior

Just remember that neutering your dog will not necessarily 100% take away their instinct to roam or have spats with other dogs. It will just reduce the likelihood. Also, remember that the longer you wait to neuter your dog, the less likely that it will truly affect his behavior. In most cases, neutering an adult dog will truly affect a problem dog for the better.

Neutering Is Not the Only Fix

There is no guarantee that neutering the dog will reduce aggression, the want to roam or any other behavioral problems you may be experiencing with your dog. Just remember if you're having behavioral problems with your dog, have him neutered in conjunction with behavioral training and obedience training for optimum results.

What's the Process of Neutering a Dog?

There are two different methods of neutering a male dog:

  • Surgical
  • By injection

The Surgical Method

The male puppy, or dog, will be put under general anesthesia, and his heart rate, respiration rate, and blood pressure will be monitored by machines. After the dog is fully anesthetized, he will be placed on his back on a heated surgical table. The hair in front of the small area where the scrotum meets the sheath of the penis is shaved, and the skin is cleaned with a surgical scrub.

The vet will make an incision that's about .5 to 1.5 inches long, depending on the size of the testicles. They will pull each testicle through the incision, clamp and tie off the attached vessel, cut the vessel, and remove the testicle. The skin of the incision will be closed with either sutures or surgical glue. The anesthesia will be turned off, and the male dog will be watched until he is fully awake. He will then be moved to a recovery cage.

Neutering via Injection

If your male puppy is between the ages of 3 and 10 months old, you can have him neutered using injections of the sterilizing solution, Neutersol. The Neutersol is injected directly into the testicle while the puppy is awake. The manufacturer of Neutersol claims that "most" puppies don't find the injections painful, but that they may experience vomiting and diarrhea.

The biggest drawback to Neutersol is that the dog can still produce some testosterone—up to 50% of normal levels—which means that the dog may still be inclined to roam in search for females and get into fights with other males. Also, with the residual testosterone level, it puts your dog at higher risk of developing an enlarged prostate later in life than if he had been surgically neutered.

Can I have my dog neutered and keep his testicles?

Although vets can perform a vasectomy without removing the testicles, this is highly uncommon. Plus, if you have the vasectomy and leave the testicles, you aren't eliminating testosterone production, which means that your dog may still roam, fight, and develop an enlarged prostate when older.

Recovering from neutering.

Recovering from neutering.

What Happens After the Procedure

Because neutering a male dog is not as involved as spaying a female dog, your dog will probably get to go home the same day of the procedure. And, more than likely, he'll probably act the same and completely normal the day after the surgery. But you still want to try to keep the dog calm until his sutures or the glue is settled, which means walks on leashes and no roughhousing with other dogs or people. You want to try to keep your dog calm for 7 to 14 days.

Most dogs will leave the incision alone after the surgery, but if he licks excessively at the area, you'll want to put an Elizabethan collar on him until he loses interest in the incision or until it has healed.

What are the risks of neutering your dog?

Because vets typically perform a pre-surgical exam on the dog, usually you will find that there are very few complications or risks for neutering your dog because if your vet does not think that your dog is healthy enough for the procedure, he will not perform the procedure.

Anytime a dog is anesthetized, there is a risk that he could have a serious and unpredictable anesthetic reaction, but these complications are very rare in young, healthy dogs. In healthy dogs, the main complication that you may encounter would be a skin irritation at the incision site. For the most part, the chances are that your puppy will bounce back from his surgery as if nothing had happened.


Fake Dog Testicles

Because so many people do not want to have their male dogs neutered, there are options. Or if you just really like the look of male dogs with their parts intact, you have options. In terms of the dog, he'll still be a male dog with or without the testicles, and he won't care either way if he has them dragging behind him or not.

Your option is to purchase Neuticles, which are artificial testicles. Typically, the fake testicles are implanted while the vet is surgically neutering the dog. You will usually have options as to the size and the texture of the Neuticles so that you can get them as realistic as you want. Just remember that there is really no reason other than for aesthetics to have Neuticales implanted in your dog's scrotal sac.

Male Dog Neutering Myths

Ok, here's a quick list of common myths about neutering your dog and the basic gist as to why they're just not true.

Myth: Your Dog Will Be Mad at You

Your dog won't care either way, and he surely won't be mad at you. Reproduction is nothing more than animal instinct, and sexual behavior is stimulated by pure hormones. Plus, it's not like your dog is fantasizing about it.

Myth: The Dog Will Be Sad

Neutering your dog will not affect his temperament in terms of happiness or sadness. Neutering him will not upset the dog because he no longer has a heavy scrotal sac dragging behind him. Most dogs don't even notice the change even right after surgery.

Myth: He Won't Be a Good Watchdog Anymore

Although you are eliminating the testosterone running through his body, having him neutered will not affect the dog's stamina, strength, or determination. Having your dog neutered is never going to affect your dog's natural instinct to protect his family and home. Your dog's want to protect will be affected by environment, training, and genetics, versus hormones.

Myth: The Dog Will Get Fat and Lazy

This is so true of any dog neutered or not. Sometimes neutered males can be more susceptible to obesity, so you should make sure to keep up walking and exercising him. If you stop exercising and start feeding him more, then he'll definitely become overweight. He may not want to roam as much after the surgery, but that doesn't mean that you should ever stop exercising the dog regularly.

Myth: It's Simply Unnatural

If you think about it, the environment that you have your dog in is unnatural. I mean they lay on couches, watch squirrels on TV, and eat dry food out of a bowl.

Myth: He'll Feel Like Less of a "Man"

Remember your dog is still an animal, and animals have absolutely no concept of sexuality or ego. It's all instinct to them, and he won't suffer an emotional reaction or identity crisis afterward.

Myth: He's Purebred, He doesn't Need to Be Neutered

Unless you plan on breeding the dog, you should have him neutered. The fact that he's purebred versus a mix doesn't change the fact that there are already millions of dogs in shelters and hundreds of thousands euthanized annually.

Myth: It's Too Expensive

It's all going to depend on the size and age of the dog, but neutering a male dog is generally less expensive than you think. If you aren't ready for all the bills that accompany responsible pet ownership, consider a fish. Plus think about it: the price of preventing an unwanted litter is near priceless because at that point, you or someone else has to pay for the pregnant female, dog/puppy food, more toys and chews, and find homes for the pups. Compare that to a simple neuter.

Myth: He Will Stay Immature

But won't he be a puppy forever or won't my older dog revert to puppyhood? Nope. This is probably my favorite myth. I've seen so many older dogs not affected by the neutering. Remember you're only eliminating the testosterone, you're not taking years off the dog's life or stunting him in place. For the most part, your puppy will age mentally the same either neutered or not.

This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. It is not meant to substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, or formal and individualized advice from a veterinary medical professional. Animals exhibiting signs and symptoms of distress should be seen by a veterinarian immediately.


james on December 26, 2019:

love how everyone says the dog wont miss them, and they dont have sex for pleasure, really? you wouldnt miss a body part? why do they have wet dreams and masturbate? and large breed pups and certain other breeds need to wait till their bones devolop fully to avoid hip displacia ect, but your telling people it can be done at 8 weeks? couldnt even see my boys nuts at 8 weeks was just a sac, my last dog lived 16 years who was intact, and you claim to be an expert? all you experts should look at the latest research, desexing can cause alot more behavior issues, they are more aggresive/fearful/insecure, scared of loud noises,thunder, desexed dogs can still get cancer, and every living male human and animal will get an enlarged prostate in old age, maybe focus on the puppy farms and backyard breeders to control population, but hey, im not gonna tell anyone they should or shouldnt get it done, i wont be maiming my dog, he dose not have behavior problems, hes not aggressive, cant roam because i make sure he cant get out, he dosnt hump peoples legs, and his bones are still growing, im no expert but: doberman x beagle 8years, jack russell 15 years, both desexed,bull terrier x staffy 16 years intact, and now american bulldog x amstaff intact at 14 months, better behaved than all previous dogs, and better behaved than MOST desexed dogs ive come across, 30 years give or take experience, but im not gonna tell people what they should and shouldnt do.

Tiffany Payne from Dallas TX on August 06, 2019:

Hi I really enjoyed your article and I find I adopt male dogs more than females. I do have 2 females and 3 males, I assumed this is because more male dogs are returned to the shelter. This as inspired me to become a dog trainer so I can teach dogs to be house trained according to their owner preference. Once again I thank you for sharing

Bethany Dunham on August 15, 2017:

My dog was neutered a week ago. He was doing well and seemed to be feeling good but tonight while he was laying on the floor my other dog stepped directly on his scrotom on the stitches. The poor dog cried out in pain and has been acting quiet since . The stitches seem to

Be ok. But the dog is acting quiet. I'm taking him t o he checked tomorrow. I'm worried about him. Do you think he's ok?

OS on May 02, 2013:

Why do they call it "fixing"? As in, fixing a dog that's broken.

Personally i see mass neutering promotion as a response of irresponsible owners.

For all i know about dogs, it's all about discipline and being constant, neutering seems like an easy escape to reduce certain drives instead of training the dog. Considering dogs are one of the most cooperative animals in the world, certainly a shame how we "fix" them so they can fit into our society.

james on May 23, 2012:

i personally dont believe in spaying or neutering animals unless it's a medical emergency. i believe that it is the pet owners responsibility to not let them mate unless you want them to. i had a male dashound and a female pekaneese and they were not fixed and she never got pregnant. i just personaly wouldn't have anything done to my dogs that i wouldn't want done to myself. plus also there is the risk of the dog dying on the table from the procedure. so if you love your animal as much as you say that you do than why would you have something done to them that has the potential to kill them if it isn't really nessisary. (by what i mean nessisary i mean that it isn't life or death for them if they dont have it done). i just believe its the owners responsibility to watch out for it instead of operating on them. but like i said thats just my oppinion

Tammy on May 01, 2012:

OUR dog was nuetered yesterday, he woke up this morning and has walked the floor since 5:15 am this morning.Its been 14 hrs now and I am worried,he should be tired.

Frankie on April 28, 2012:

My dog just turned three on Valentine's day, and I had to put him outside because I was unable to train him. I can't even pet him without him peeing everywhere. we go on walks and I counted every time he marked his spot and it was 23 times! how do I get the peeing to stop? I want him inside he is my best friend!

pauly p on April 08, 2012:

my wife and i are having a baby in 6mnths and she thinks its a good idea to have our 2yr old purebred rotty neutered, so that he doesn't snap when bub is here..will this work??

if it does work, will his personality change??

hes not aggressive to most dogs, just really playful!


justy on March 31, 2012:

what's the point considerin havin a dog or wantin one and boxin it in a crate to fit ur lifestyle, its totally out of order. i adopted a dog thats been livin on the streets rough, but after a few months of peeing everywhere and barking at everyone, cleaned and helped him through his trauma,gave him the love hes deserved, hes adjusted and lives with our cat, always has roamed free in the takes time and patience and he still gets anxious sometimes wen we leave the house but thats due to his past. i cant stand people leavin there dogs in a box or the fact they r too lazy too walk them, i work all day but still manage to attend his needs!!

Cindy Royer on March 23, 2012:

My dog died of a very routine neuter, he was only 15 months old, half husky and half Retriever, His name was Bentley. He was an amazing dog and I feel the guilt that I had promised him that I would pick him up the same day and I failed him - they said he may have had an underlying condition, he had preop workup done and everything was fine. He may have been allergic to the anestetic as well. Will never know. Does anyone know why? He was 75 lbs and so young. We miss him. He just died on Tuesday and we had him creamated and picked out a beautiful urn with puppy paws on it.

alistair22 on March 21, 2012:

Unbalanced advice given in this article. You fail to mention increased risk if prostate and other cancers in neutered dogs as well as problems if done early of over growth in leg bones.

Anonymous on March 20, 2012:

As usually, author of this article ignored increasing risk of many types of cancer.

lrob7224 on January 31, 2012:

Yes, it can help with aggression and roaming even in an older dog. BUT remember that when something is done repeatedly it becomes HABIT as opposed to nature. That being said, the first step I would take before doing anything is speak to a trainer (lot's will come for a consultation for free). Ask him/her about what the process would be in breaking the dogs bad habit and ask their opinion about the surgery being helpful (most likely answer will be yes). Good Luck!

Trishy on January 28, 2012:

We are considering getting our male dog fixed. He is a four year old lab/husky mix. He has a few aggressions we are worried about 1 being male dog aggression. At his age would it most likely help or hurt the situation? I'm hoping it well help with that and him roaming. Other than a few other problems we can handle he is great. I don't want to change his personality towards us or our cats.

Tina on January 15, 2012:

two quick questions; 1. Should there be two incisions when neutering? An why all of a sudden is he peeing on the couch, bed and when his is just walking along. This is not norman and id not do this before neutering? HELP!! (six months old)

jessica29108 on December 30, 2011:

I got my Chorkie puppy neutered. I got to bring him home yesterday. He used his peed pad twice. The second time he used it when he was done he sat down and whined a little. I thought that maybe some got on the incision site. After that he started to leave HUGE puddles all over the house. I had him on the couch and he just went on a pillow;. That was the first time he had ever peed on the couch. Last night I woke up to my puppy making a licking noise then I felt something warm He had went in the bed. It is like he is holding it until it just comes out. Or maybe he can't tell he has to go. Or maybe he can't hold it at all. Will this all stop after a few days? Is this normal? I am freaking out that something may be wrong. I called the vet that did the surgery and he said that some animals routines change but then get back normal in a few days. But my other dog that I had neutered last year never had this problem, Then i noticed some swelling and bruising above the surgery site to the left of his penis today. I asked the vet about this and he said it was also normal. Does this sound normal to anyone? Has anyone experienced these problems?

Jessica on December 30, 2011:

I got my Chorkie puppy neutered. I got to bring him home yesterday. He used his peed pad twice. The second time he used it when he was done he sat down and whined a little. I thought that maybe some got on the incision site. After that he started to leave HUGE puddles all over the house. I had him on the couch and he just went on a pillow;. That was the first time he had ever peed on the couch. Last night I woke up to my puppy making a licking noise then I felt something warm He had went in the bed. It is like he is holding it until it just comes out. Or maybe he can't tell he has to go. Or maybe he can't hold it at all. Will this all stop after a few days? Is this normal? I am freaking out that something may be wrong. I called the vet that did the surgery and he said that some animals routines change but then get back normal in a few days. But my other dog that I had neutered last year never had this problem, Then i noticed some swelling and bruising above the surgery site to the left of his penis today. I asked the vet about this and he said it was also normal. Does this sound normal to anyone? Has anyone experienced these problems?

Joanna Lin on November 29, 2011:

I have a 7 month Bichon Frise and he just got neuteured 2 day ago. He still acts like himself, eat, drinks, and poos but the only problem is that he won't urinate and you make him walk he walks only about 2 steps and them he sits back down again. Is this normal ?

jar on November 26, 2011:

Our intact pomeranian female almost 8 yrs old will be with a newly neutered -one and a half weeks ago- wiener/chichua mix in a couple of weeks do we need to be concerned about pregnancy?

daskittlez69 from midwest on September 05, 2011:

My dog is getting neutered next month. Poor lil guy!

htodd from United States on August 27, 2011:

Thanks for the great post..nice

lrob7224 on August 24, 2011:

I see a lot of people asking about housetrained dogs using the inside after neutering. I worked for a vet. neutering is surgery. it involves anesthesia. the degree of surgery is not an issue. many animals will seem to have a break in housetraining after ANY surgery. it is NOT because the animal was neutered, it is a reaction to surgery in general. maintain a routine and it will go back to normal. I am sure there are many pet owners who could vouch for the fact that their dog peed in the house after having a growth removed or a dental cleaning that required anesthesia. be patient, you cared enough for your pet to have him neutered, now care enough to let him recover. my two neutered male dogs are fantastic, they are great with my kids, protect my home (and who over is walking them), are not destructive and would rather be with us than wandering the streets looking for a female or a fight.

hannah on August 19, 2011:

i have a white male german shep we have had him done and now he is snappy and a little aggressive to the ur female who is also been done. he still has his stiches but has no interest n them. what could we do

Nicole on August 16, 2011:

My male dog likes to mark his territory on everything inside and outside..will neutering him make him stop doing this or help with it anyway?

Sarah on August 06, 2011:

I have an 8 month old mastiff/american bulldog mix. He was neutered a month ago. He is not listening, biting, running around the house like a crazy dog. He does not listen anymore, very defiant. I had to start caging him during the day because he started tearing stuff up. I feel like i just started over with a puppy. I was told that this is due to the hormonal changes, is this true?

Shelly on July 27, 2011:

I had my 7 1/2 month old cavachon go in for a neuter but after 5 minutes of anesthetic, he coded and passed away. No one can explain it. Necropsy proved nothing. I will never neuter/spay a pet again...if I ever get another pet that is.

Whitney (author) from Georgia on July 12, 2011:

it would be a good idea to have the both fixed. they are still pups, so it's hard to tell what, if anythin, will change in their behaviors

jamie on July 11, 2011:

I have 2 mini Aussie brothers. They r 8 months we've been waiting to have them fixed because both testicles hadn't dropped, and still haven't so the vet is going to have to cut the other one out. My concern is they are now fighting. The bitter Apple breaks them up but doesn't prevent it. I'm hoping its not too late for the aggression to stop now.

P.s. we r getting the alpha fixed first then the other next month. Is that wise?

Shuan lyn on July 05, 2011:

i have 2 male dogs, but 1 of the dogs have failed to notice that the other dog is also a male, so it keeps on sniffing the other dog and making some sexual advances to the other dog which attacks it and fights back for thinking that it is a female dog, so could i use the rubber band method to nuerter my grown up dog, i.e by cutting off the blood supply to the testicles using a tight rubber band? what could be the consequences since the dog is grown up?

Neha on July 01, 2011:

My Cheweenie terrier mix is 21 weeks old which is almost 5 months. My vet neutered him today. He is exact 10 pounds. Have I done right thing? Do you think I should have waited little more till his bone structure grown fully? After procedure his is really tired and sleepy just resting and resting. I hope he is fine.

Cortney on June 08, 2011:

What are you supposed to do when your dog has been in and out of the vet because you got him neutered and is having blood clots in the sack, making the sack very swollen and letting out a very unpleasent smell?

amylou10 on May 30, 2011:


iv just had my dog neutered 6 days ago and just want some advise he really carm in the day and chilled but at night he keeps going mad.

i try to put him in his crate but that seems to stress him out more, the vet said he can go for short walks now but on lead im doing this.

but at night hes just going mental and in quite scared hell hurt himself as he still got stiches in.

can u give me any advise as when he gets these mad moments he tries to bit witch is really out of not normal for him and i try to give him different toys to distract him but hes not intresed ?



Kayla Honeycutt on May 23, 2011:

me and my boyfriend just got a male chihuahua, he is a year old, and he was thrown out of a car, and was posted on craigslist for sale. so we got him and brought him home, well i have 2 other dogs, brother and sister, and their way bigger than he is,but the litte guys tries his hardest to get to them, i also have another chihuahua/dotson. And she is about 2 years old, she is spayed and so are my other dogs. But the new one is hyper and wont leave my other chihuahua alone. We have set him up to get nuertered, and we've only had him for almost 2weeks. My concern is, will he not like us anymore when we get this done? i dont want him to think we did something bad to him, since he probably was abused, considering he got threw out of a vehicle. im just worried that he will either get mean or he will not trust us anymore when the vet takes his manhood away! im asking for any help with this. Thanks!

Julia on April 27, 2011:

I have a 2 1/2 year old Chihuahua Terrier Mix that I neutered a few weeks ago and he had the "lipstick" coming out problem for a couple of days after I fixed him. He's fine now. My husband didn't want me to neuter him, but I did it because I was the one taking care of him and he was driving me nuts. I'm so glad I did it. He definitely changed for sure, but for the better. When we went on walks he used to pull on the leash, lick and pee on everything, which made our walks really long. He also didn't play when I tossed one of his sticks or a ball or his stuffed toys, all he wanted to do was go on walks so he could lick everything. I was really surprised when he brought me his toy so I could toss it, and he started playing again like he used to, and when we go on walks he sometimes marks, but very rarely, he mostly just pees a couple of times and does his business. He also plays with other dogs instead of trying to mount them. I'm just loving my new dog.

Kiki on March 21, 2011:

My 22 month old english mastiff is going under the knife in an hour or so. He sat at my feet the other morning and his 'boy bits' ended up resting on my foot. After realizing thats what was touching me I immediately called his vet and booked the appointment! His breeder recommended waiting until he was 2 years old but once you've had cantaloupe sized mastiff balls resting on your feet I think it's acceptable to cut 2 months off our wait time for a neuter! We've ALWAYS had our guys fixed and will continue to do so, whether they are pure bred as our current guys are or mixes as all our prior guys have been. He's a great dog, no health or aggression issues, we just want to avoid the future issues that can arise from NOT neutering. Well...not really "we" as my husband was still asking me if I was POSITIVE I wanted to go through with it when I was dropping our pup off at the vet! Men....I'll never understand their fascination with their boy bits!!!! I was going to buy a cantaloupe on the way home and stick it in a jar and give it to him as a 'No More Boo Balls' parting gift. Does that make me a bad wife?

BostonKid on February 19, 2011:

Now that I had my Golden Retriever neutered, it seems if the wind even grazes his private part- he shows his "lipstick shaped" jewel immediately- which he didn't before he got neutered, (he just had it done three days ago) will he keep doing that? its soo annoyinging and embarrasing! I take into consideration he is also shaved. Any help on this??

Steph G on February 16, 2011:

Hi! I'm getting my puppy neutered in a couple days and he's only about 4 months old.... Should I have any concern? He's already humping things like crazy. I just hope it's not too soon.

Troy on February 03, 2011:

i have a four year old pomeranian who i am thinking of nuetering, we live in the country and he loves being outside, he can run outside for hours at a time, and i dont want to take tht away from him by getting him fixed, do you think that it would happen?? but he also runs after vechiles, and in summer he comes home full of ticks and burrs, and the nieghbours are having issues with him marking everywhere?? i still want him to have a life and love the outside world, but i wish he would slow down with his bad habits already, do you think it would change?

bvg911 on January 29, 2011:

My pomeranian got neutered 3 weeks ago and ever since then all his male friends have been mounting him and he is also making our house smell different. I have given him a really good washing and grooming thinking he had something on him but nothing has changed. What is going on? Is he secreting a different scent or something? I feel bad for him because he can't play with the other dogs.

thl on January 20, 2011:

We have a mixed breed dog (good ol american mut)that we raised from a puppy (about 5 weeks old). He is now about 3 1/2. In the last 6 months he has become progressively more aggressive. At first, it was just a growl hear or their. within the last month he aggression has really escalated, to where he has growled and snapped at both of my children (8 and 12) and me (mom) for no apparent reason. For instance, I have always petted him the in the same fashion, and just the last couple weeks, he growls and now won't even come over to me. Last night, as I was walking by him in our house he growled and snapped at me. I have always had dogs since i was a little kid and I never have had a dog "flip" like this. My husband took him to the vet today and there is nothing wrong with him, and the vet suggests he be nuetered and then see if the aggression stops. The vet says that the dog views my husband as the alpha dog over him and the dog thinks he's the alpha dog over the rest of the family, when my husband is out of the room. I don't think this will work and am terrified on of my children or myself will get seriously hurt from this dog. What do you think?

nicko guzman on January 18, 2011:


I have a dog named Ray. He was found roaming the streets of Los Angeles, and cannot stand to be inside. Typically,he will panic and bite if I attempt to bring him in.

Anyway,he stays outside in a very large kennel that is kept very clean. However,I was afraid it would possibly become infected. My vet's only recommendation was to keep him well cleaned. Do you think you can offer me some advice?

Also,he is a large 70 pound dog.Is there generally more of a risk with big dogs in terms of the procedure,anesthesia,etc?

With much Respect,


will on December 17, 2010:

Hey thanks!

I am going to take him to the vet to see if she notices something I am not.

I appreciate your thoughts.


Whitney (author) from Georgia on December 16, 2010:

Being that it is such a long time from the procedure, I highly doubt that is causing the aggression.

Could it be pain? It is possible. You may want to have a vet do a once over physical to see if there is anything wrong with the dog, but I highly doubt at this time over a year since the neuter, that the procedure caused such a delayed mistake.

If there was going to be a complication such as aggression or pain, it would have been within weeks or months not over a year.

will on December 16, 2010:


I got my dog through PAWS in Chicago 2 years ago when he was approx. 9 months old. He was neutered. He was very friendly and full of energy and still is. great guy.

However, he has become increasingly aggressive with other dogs whole we are walking.

He also will stop in the middle of walking or sleeping and nip at his groin. He will hold the skin around his penis in his mouth as if it is irritated. I can see two loose lumps that look an awful lot like testicles under the skin. Is it possible that his procedure was done incorrectly or needs to be checked?

I worry that he is in pain. I also worry that this is contributing to his aggression.

Any insight you could provide would be appreciated.



Whitney (author) from Georgia on December 15, 2010:

Have the procedure done first. Let the dog heal, and then try to introduce a new dog.

v on December 15, 2010:


We are going to get our dog neutered. We are also planning on getting another puppy as a playmate. Should we get the new dog first and let them get to know each other and have the operation a month or so later or have the op first and after recovery get the new dog? What will be better for our current dog?

Louie on December 08, 2010:

What gets on my nerves is the official breeders who use the argument 'there are too many unwanted dogs in the world' against normal pet owners who wish to breed from their animals. Well, pure bred dogs can become unwanted too. Also, mixed breeds like the Jackadoodles etc are becoming more and more popular, probably because they're genetically stronger and often a bit more unique. I think the official breeders are just bitter because others are stealing their trade. They are snobs and they should just shut up.

Stacy on December 06, 2010:

My dog was neutered at the shelter before I got him, they guessed him to be 2months old. He is 18 months now and I did not know until now that it is safer to wait until they are older. Are there any supplements or foods I can give him to help prevent him from having any problems later in life? Calcium tablets or anything like that?

Annette on December 04, 2010:

i wonder if neutering will help my 8 yr old, un-neutered, border collie STOP peeing around the house! he's Never peed inside up until about 6 months ago - now we go out to do business and he does it and then finishes up on the family room floor or the kids' bedroom floor, no matter how long we're outside - i can't take it anymore

duran on November 17, 2010:

I have a mixed breed dog and he is quit active male of course and I am thinking about getting him fixed for the fact that when other dogs are around he will not leave them alone wants to lick and try to breed them will he sop that if I got him fixed?

craigb182 from Glasgow, Scotland on November 16, 2010:

Strangely I found when we had our male lhasa apso neutered he became aggressive towards larger dogs and strangers for about 8 months after his operation. Thankfully he has settled down now and I have put it down to some form of hormonal imbalance. Good hub by the way.

Tara_ on November 10, 2010:

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Mustang on October 27, 2010:

I had my dog neutered two days ago. Yesterday the scrotum was a bit red and today it is quite red/purple. We have the cone on him now but didn't have one initially so there was some licking. Also he is very excited when anyone comes home so he definitely has been jumping despite our attempts to keep him calm. The scrotum is slightly swollen but no more than when he first came home. Incision looks good. Does he need further attention?

Maria Cecilia from Philippines on October 21, 2010:

better consult the vet more, I didn't experience that with Peso

Mandi Aubert on October 21, 2010:

I have never had this happen before, anyone else? I had my pup of 5 1/2 months neutered.

The dog was fully house trained, but now can't hold his bladder. He will urinate in his sleep. I get up in the morning and his bed and crate are soaked. He was in his bed and jumped out of it quickly and ran for the door... there was a puddle in his bed and as I was running to let him out, he was standing there urinating uncontrollably.

I asked my daughter about it since she works at the vets office that neutered him and she said they have never seen it before either.

Maria Cecilia from Philippines on October 21, 2010:

My dog Peso is neutered, but there are 2 things I learned here, the a newly neutered dog can still impregnated a female and there is such a thing as fake testicle. This is very informative and all very true. Peso was never a sad dog after his surgery

Elisha24 on October 19, 2010:

To Maisie,

I have 4 dogs. The oldest who is also the younger 3s' mother is house trained, the 3 pups are 14months old and I am just now getting them house trained. I too tried almost everything(excluding rubbing their noses in it, that is unsanitary and never a good idea), now they are being crate trained and it is working very well. The dogs must stay in their crate when they are in the house except when they eat. They will not go potty in such a confined space. You can also use a short leash although this is less comfortable for the dogs. When you want them to potty you take them out of their crate and then outside IMMEDIATELY. Then it's back in the crate. They will also need to go outside for play, cuddles and most importantly fitness. Then it's back in the crate. After about 1 to 2 months of this they should be trained. I have been at it for 3 weeks now and it has been tough seeing them locked up, but it is for you and your families well-being. I have a 6 year old and am planning to have another child soon and I know what it's like to have to scrub floors all day and replace furniture. It is EXTREMELY unsanitary for your household to have constant feces in your living area and you are right to be concerned. My husband has been wanting to get rid of my dogs for a while but now they are truly making progress. They have shown many other improvements as well, such as quicker response to commands and less aggressiveness to each other(2 males both neutered and 2 females not yet spayed due to health concerns). The mother, Sasha was abandoned and very pregnant when I took her in and this was my first and last litter. She was horribly abused and is still terrified of men after more than a year with me. This caused her to have accidents for a while but she soon calmed enough to learn the rules. DO NOT HIT YOUR DOG TO TRAIN HIM/HER! It will only scare the animal. What he/she is doing is a natural need. The dog will not know why you are angry so just stay calm and take the dog outside right after any accident and tell the dog "outside". Then tie up or put your dog in a crate when he/she is brought back inside. Getting your dog neutered may or may not have an impact on his accidents but it certainly wont hurt him. Remember, a washed surface doesn't necessarily mean a clean surface. If your dog is allowed to roam free in the house he will pee/spray repeatedly until the behavior is corrected which will only cost you more money and possibly your health if the spray seeps into the hardwood.

yossi on October 10, 2010:

Should try and keep him obedience trained, depends on the breed i presume some dogs can be trained out of it.

nikki on September 26, 2010:

how can i stop my dog from humping everything including mid air without having him neuterd

buddy's mom on September 22, 2010:

My dog was neutered 5 days ago and this morning he started to bleed from his incision site. I took him to the vet and they said the scab came off he has a bleeder, which is bleeding more than normal. The only option they gave was putting him back under to tie it off. Is there something else that can be done? Should I take him to a different vet?

David on September 20, 2010:

My three year old was just neutered. I wasn't aware that they left the scrotum intact. His first day home and it looked like a giant shriveled raisin... now in day three it has started to fill with fluid and it looks like he has balls again. Is this normal? How long will it stay like that? I actually dont mind the look of it as I was reluctant to get the operation done in the first place, but wasn't sure if anyone knows if it is normal. He hasn't been licking it very much at all and the vet game me an antibiotic (cephalexin)to take 3 times a day for 10 days. Should I be concerned or call the emegency number they gave me?

bigredd59 on September 18, 2010:

I have a 10 year old chow/shepard mix and a 7 year old beagle/golden retriever mix. My 10 year old chow mix has to be put on a cable because he tends to escape the fence anytime he is loose and my 7 year old beagle mix is left to run free. My problem is my chow mix is not fixed and he is aggressive towards my other dog when we are in the yard with them. I do not know how they get along when we are gone but there have been times I have come out the back door and my chow mix is loose too. I am moving to a bigger place that has a huge yard in the country, and I want them both to be able to run free, but I am afraid they will fight because of the older dogs agression to the younger one. The older one is not fixed, but the younger one is. Does anyone think it might help to get the 10 year old chow mix neutered as well? I just want him to be free like the other dog.

maisie on September 16, 2010:

i have a 1 1/2 year old pug who marks his territory everywhere i have corrected and corrected since day one i've rubbed his nose in it, used a newspaper, limited food and water, everything i can think of he goes tuesday to get nuetered. i've already had to throw out on couch and i'm getting ready to lay new carpet and hardwood floors will the madness stop? i hate to say it i love my little buddy but if it doesn't we'll have to find him a new home pugs can't handle the heat or cold so being an outside dog isn't an option here in ohio and its not fair or reasonable for me to keep my kids off the floor even tho they get scrubbed immediately and shampooed way more often than most. any suggestions if nuetering doesn't stop him?

Wanda on September 15, 2010:

In my area the shelter offers spay and neutering voucher. Some vets accept the voucher as the total fee and some use it as a discount rate. A male escaping their yard in search of a female can encounter all kinds of danger. I would say check with your local shelter to see if you can get a voucher.

Whitney (author) from Georgia on September 13, 2010:

It is possible. Huskies are very intelligent, but they aren't the best for everyone as they are quite stubborn and can be very dominant. Mixing that with a lab, which can be a puppy until 2-3 years old, digging, chewing, and destroying the house until then. The dog needs a training. Neutering may help, but that won't solve everything if training isn't sought.

Kim on September 12, 2010:

My daughter has a 10 month old husky/lab mix and he is just a pain. He barks, he chews on everything in site including our house and anything attached to it. He also loves to dig. We have 2 other dogs as well, a 4 year old female purebred black lab and a 3 year old female purebred mini dachsund, not spayed and we don't have that problem with them. So before my daughter goes off to college she is planning on getting him neutered. Do you think that will help with his disobedience. He is so high strung and I am worried about him destroying her rental.

Omar on September 02, 2010:


I neuterd my dog on the age of 11 months, and he recovred well and everything, it has been about 2 months, today i brought a friends dog, but i noticed that my dog still have a sexual habbits... so i don't know if this is normal or not... also his size isn't getting any bigger, is it related or not. thanks

robyn on August 22, 2010:

My dachsund was castrated 6 weeks ago and now he regularly pees on the floor, on the couch as if he is marking his territiry..what can i do about this? he is 4 years old.

Whitney (author) from Georgia on August 16, 2010:

I would limit the pain meds. He doesn't know his tolerance, as he's not feeling the pain. Most vets don't prescribe meds for a simple neutering, much less at all unless the surgery was a complicated one.

Adana on August 14, 2010:

My 7 month old yorkie was neutered 2 days ago and he has been very restless, and barking quite a bit. He also has been waking up much earlier tan usual. Could this possibly be due to pain? Though he has been put on pain medication. When we take him outside due to the barking he also seems to be fine, his barking stops, and acts completely normal.

Whitney (author) from Georgia on August 12, 2010:

There has not been any confirmation about bone cancer and altering a dog before it matures. I've spoken to a vet about the situation as my APBT has had bone cancer. She said some say that, but there isn't enough evidence to prove it is accurate.

As for growth, that's something that some people believe, but again there's no proof and no way to prove it. All dogs grow differently, and even dogs of the same litter grow at different paces and average sizes as adults. There's just no way to prove altering a dog earlier will cause any growth problems.

I would suggest just going ahead with the procedure.

Ashleigh on August 12, 2010:

My puppy is almost six months old and is getting altered tomorrow. But I've recently heard some bad things about getting your dog altered before he matures. Such as a higher rish for bone cancer and a stunted growth. Are these true? I will get him altered eventually I'm just not sure if I should wait.

Whitney (author) from Georgia on August 10, 2010:

That's pretty funny.

He can still perform the acts without testicles, but after about 48 hours or so, he can no longer get a female pregnant.

boonerman on August 09, 2010:

I have adopted two stray(probably abandoned) dogs. One is male and one is female. I took them to the vet the next morning for shots and such. The vet said they are probably about 6-10 months old and they "appear" to be from the same litter- and then asked me this, "how many more puppies do you want"? Think total disgust...

I had them "fixed" two days later! The male(brother) still attempts to mount his sister regularly.

My question is: Can he still "perform the act", without testicles?

Whitney (author) from Georgia on July 25, 2010:

Think of it this way: you've just had surgery, you probably wouldn't just bounce back and be your regular self... Give the dog some time.

Ruth on July 24, 2010:

I just had my year and a half dog neutered. He sits and crys when I put on the Elizathen collar, when i take it off he just licks the whole time. He now has an infection and is on antibiotics. He sits and won't move till i give him a tug on his collar. He was so happy before. Did i make a mistake? Will he revert to the happy playful dog he was?

Whitney (author) from Georgia on July 21, 2010:

No. It shouldn't.

Jillian on July 20, 2010:

We have a 6 month old Papillion/Shih-Tzu he is fun and playful but already rest alot...Will this make him less playful

Whitney (author) from Georgia on July 19, 2010:

Keep in mind that you just brought the dog home. It will take some adjustment time.

As for food aggression, that's harder to fix than just neutering the dog. Neutering may help some of the concerns, but do keep in mind you just brought the dog home. It's going to take training for the dog to get used to your schedule and for you to get used to his.

Rebecca on July 17, 2010:

Hi. I brought home a shelter dog last week, an unneutered male beagle. My 8 year-old lab and he have had fights over food, and he growled at my husband when they were wrestling...the dog was not playing. Also, he marks inside the house. I will get him neutered ASAP, but will it help the aggression and peeing? He's at least six years old. We don't want to get rid of him, after we just brought him home. He's sweet other than those incidents.

Thank you for any advice.

Keith S on July 15, 2010:

Every male dog I have had has been neutered spelled castrated.

It's essentially the same process they do to make stallions into geldings, bulls into steers, and the Chinese emperors did to make their court officials into eunuchs, etc. etc. Castration is a process that is done to make male mammals more docile and easier to handle,(steer fighting is not popular in Spain), as well as to prevent male mammals from breeding and fighting.

I believe in neutering male dogs that are not being bred because it is the lesser of two evils, castration of male mammals does create a change in their physiology. To claim it doesn't is to deny science.

Whitney (author) from Georgia on July 14, 2010:

Sometimes there is an adjustment in potty behaviors. Just give it time. Your decision was a good one.

Trisha on July 14, 2010:

I have a 15 month old Bloodhound that I had neutered a 8 days ago. I have had nothing but problems. First they swelled up to three times the size they were before he was neutered. I then took him back to the vet and he opened the incesion again to drain and said there was very little drainage, that he was just swollen. Now he has gone back to peeing in the house. He was completely housebroken. If he need to go, he will go to the door but before you can get the door open he starts trickling in the floor like he can't hold it. He sleeps in a crate and last night he peed in the crate (and not just a little). Needless to say I wish I had never had it done.

LM on July 10, 2010:

I have 2 male chows both 7 months old. Not from the same litter but have been together since 6 weeks of age. They have always played and have gotten along great until I had them both neutered last Thursday. Since then they have fought twice and I mean blood drawing, teeth nashing FIGHTING! They both had to wear E-Collars for 2 days and they are both still showing some signs of discomfort.

I am hoping the fighting is just from being irratable. What do you think and do you have any advice? Have you ever heard of this before?

Whitney (author) from Georgia on July 08, 2010:

It is really up to you. Many vets are comfortable at neutering as early as 6-8 weeks, so at 12 weeks your pup should be fine. Weight is always a concern, as many prefer to wait until the pup is of a certain weight, but with small breeds it can be harder to gauge that.

I'd suggest just talking to your vet to see what he says. I don't see a problem in neutering now, as you have the time to spend with him, but there is always a risk with surgery. Neutering is a pretty simple process though, generally nothing too invasive.

Jan on July 08, 2010:

I have a 3 month old male bichon/maltese mix who weighs 3.5 pounds. I would like to get him neutered this month, as I am a teacher and can be home with him while he recovers from the surgery. We are also still in the process of house training, so I will also be home to work on any possible regression in this process.

However, after reading the comments, I wonder if it is a bad idea to neuter at this age. If I wait until he is 6 months, I will not be able to stay home with him for a few days following the surgery(our vet neuters on Wednesdays only). Also, hopefully he will be fully trained by then, and I have heard from numerous places that many dogs have some problems with bladder control for a while following surgery and need to go out more frequently or regress in their training.

Do I do it this summer at 3-4 months of age when I can be with him all the time and supervise/monitor his recovery or do I wait until he's six months knowing that I will not be able to be home with him for the days following surgery? (Taking him to someone else's house or having someone come stay at my house to watch him isn't an option for me.)

Milly on June 30, 2010:

we have adopted a friends dog he is a red and blue pit he is a little over a year old and is not fixed he has a great personality but he has been like biteing or something on his private and he sprays like well you know and we keep finding him doing this and it take a bit to even go back in. Would it help to get him fixed we don't plan on breeding him so I see no point to not fix him but just wanted to knowif this will fix this nasty problem.

Whitney (author) from Georgia on June 30, 2010:

You can have a vet examine the dog. If it's an adult and there aren't any balls, then more than likely he's neutered. You should try to find the owner of the dog, and until you can ensure the dog is of good health, keep him away from your dogs so that they don't contract anything from him.

MJ on June 29, 2010:

We had a small dog (looks to be a long-hair chihauhau) abandoned on our farm, and it appears to be a neutered male - how can I tell for sure? My other dogs are female so I'm not as familiar with the "appearance". Thanks.

Jana on June 21, 2010:

It's sad to hear so many people talking about breeding their personal pets just for fun or because the dog "needs the experience".... they aren't people and shouldn't be treated like people. It is more respectful to treat them like dogs. They don't need the "experience" and purposely bringing more dogs into the world while billions are out there sitting in cages waiting to die is pretty pitiful. I support professional breeders that keep the breeds we all know and love continuing, but backyard breeders who think it's cute or the dog needs to be a mommy/daddy really need a wake up call. spay and neuter ALWAYS unless you are a professional with strict restrictions on who buys your animals.

Whitney (author) from Georgia on June 20, 2010:

It is poosible that neutering will help. It may not cut out all behavior problems, but it may help some. You will probably need to consult a behaviorist or trainer to help with the dog's dog aggression issues.

gabriella on June 20, 2010:

i have 4 dogs, two husky mix brother and sister (4months), two chi mixes boy (1yr) and girl (7months). the boy chi is getting neutered next month because his aggression has gotten worse towards other dogs and barks, but never bites at people, until i introduce them. he's never bitten anyone or any dog, he just growls and barks incessantly when he sees other dogs. i take them all to a dog park and while the other 3 play, he sits with me and growls at every dog that comes close. he wont play with my boy husky, but he will with my girls. will neutering help in any way? i want him to be able to at least not bark at every dog that passes. he also barks at people when i dont walk him on a leash, if hes on one, he just ignores them, unless they have dogs. i love him sooo much, all my dogs. i dont want to get rid of any of them because he wont get along with them. as he's gotten older, his territorial behavior has just gotten worse and i'm going crazy. please, some advice. i also have to make him wear a diaper since my girl chi isn't fully potty trained, if she has an accident, he's all over it, already peeing on it.

ps, my huskies are getting neutered a week after my chi and the girl very soon too. i've never bred them, and have NO intentions on doing so. 4 is quite enough.

Sherilind on June 19, 2010:

I have a 3 yr old basset hound I just had nuetered 4 days ago and that night his scrotom/testicle area swelled to about the size of a grapefruit. I called the vet and they said that is normal in large breed dogs. Well now it is Sat and the swelling has reduced alittle, but he his leaving blood spots everywhere. It doesn't seem to becoming from stitches more like the swollen sac. Is this normal?

Whitney (author) from Georgia on June 15, 2010:

You want to keep him as calm as you can as to not bust the stitches. Just keep an eye on him and the wound until your next followup visit. It's good that he's done well.

Joanna on June 15, 2010:

Hi! Thanks for a great article. Our sweet rescue hound was surgically neutered about 36 hours ago. He is 50 lbs. and just over 5 months (our contract with the rescue required neutering between 5-6 months). He was very quiet and sleepy for the first 24 hours, then suddenly decided he was all better. After a couple of hours in his crate, even with exciting treats and chews, he starts barking and throwing himself at the door to get out. Outside of his crate, he won't stop playing, by himself or with our 30-lb. female. Their play isn't too crazy by dog standards. He is showing no sign of pain or licking his incision, which I can barely even find. Any suggestions, or do you think this level of activity is ok if he's not hurting?

dave on June 14, 2010:

having no testosterone would affect a big dogs muscles for sure, which would eventually effect his ligaments and bones, resulting in hip problems etc

Kris on June 09, 2010:

I have a 7 month old Mini Poodle who was just wonderful up until he got neutered. He was so calm and listened to all my commands...but ever since he's gotten home from the surgery he's been "wild"...running like a madman biting when playing chewing almost everything having frequent accidents in the house..basically puppy behvaior and he graduated from puppy training a motnh ago..any suggestions?

Trudy on June 04, 2010:

I just had my Golden Retiever neutered he just turned one as advised by the breeder we got him from to wait a year. I have had 2 other Goldens and got them fixed at 6 months I never had a problem afterwards. Ace the one I just got fixed is having some major issues he has had diarrhea for 2 days now and throwing up the vet just gave me a prescription of Metronidazole from the information that I have read about this is medicine for infection. Do you think this will help or did something go wrong with surgery that is causing this? He had surgery 4 days ago. I seem to be getting nowhere with answers from the vet.

christina on May 28, 2010:

I have a neutered boston terrier that gets awful erections pretty frequently- say once a week. Sometimes the erection is so severe that he's clearly uncomfortable and it begins to turn deep purple. His little penis cover skin gets stretched so tight it constricts him and he can't seem to stop the erection. He will let me hold him and kind of clings to me like when he was a baby for what seems like a long time before the erection subsides. I can tell he's really uncomfortable. His prostate also gets so swollen and hard- poor thing. Should I worry?

Shirley on May 25, 2010:

Hello. I appreciate the forum and the information and experiences posted by users.

I am taking care of my adult son's 90lb. pit bull male. His disposition and behavior is exactly the opposite of everything seen in the media about this breed; extremely sweet, submissive, loving and a real companion.

The only problem (besides his size and splattering my walls with slobber) is his extreme excitement when someone comes to my house or if I am forced to take him to the vet. With his sheer size and strength, there is no controlling him. There is not a sign of any aggression - just excitement.

The last vet trip to get vaccinations, i was told neutering might calm him.

He is probably about 6 years old. Other than the hope to calm him and hopefully eliminating the sticky drops on the floor from his penis, I don't know if it would be worth the risk to have him neutered at this point. (He doesn't hump or anything like that). The biggest fear is he would be that one in a million that something would go wrong for. It would be devastating to my (already emotionally troubled) son.

Feedback appreciated.