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Castration of male dog

There are many reasons why dog owners consider neutering their male dogs. One reason is that they want to get rid of unwanted male behaviour. It is important to remember that neutering is not a universal solution to behavioural problems. When you neuter a male dog, you remove testosterone, which means that the behaviours associated with testosterone disappear. However, which behaviours are linked to testosterone in particular is difficult to predict.
The procedure can be done in a couple of different ways - you can choose to do a chemical neuter that lasts for six months or a year. After six months or 12 months, depending on the strength of the chip you have chosen during your veterinary consultation, the effect wears off. If you think it worked well, you can then choose to surgically neuter the dog, i.e. surgically and permanently.

Benefits of neutering

  • No risk of testicular tumours
  • Reduced risk of prostate disease
  • Possibly reduced problem behaviour, but not necessarily

Disadvantages of neutering

  • Impaired metabolism, a dog that is neutered may have an impaired metabolism which puts it at greater risk of obesity.
  • If you already have a very insecure individual, this can in some cases be reinforced and thus lead to problems in dog encounters for example if you have seen similar behavioural issues earlier in life that you suspect are linked to that particular issue.
  • Leaking urine, male dogs that have been neutered may also have a tendency to leak urine, i.e. unintentionally.
Before you decide to neuter your male dog, you should consider the pros and cons and then make a decision about what is right for your dog, and have a dialogue with your vet about this.

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