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Old 02-17-2015, 11:45 PM   #1 (permalink)
 

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What should i expect once i get Boomer Fixed??

So, boomer is an unaltered pit bull rescue. I know you must be wondering if he is a rescue from a shelter how is he not neutered? Well long story short when i got him he was sick and had to go on antibiotics for ten days and they dont operate on sick dogs so I took him home intact. I was supposed to take him back once he was better....BUT like all new dog owners i started researching wayyy more then i should have and i found some debates on the Pros and Cons neutering your dog. I got a little spooked because one article spoke about dogs without normal levels of testosterone are more prone to injury. And i thought to myself well that kind of makes sense and all the show dogs and dogs that compete are for the most part intact, maybe i shouldn't take him. I never thought to try to make him breed with another dog because if you breed your RESCUE dog seeing all those poor pups in the shelter your not the brightest person in the world(no offense).


ANYWAY my point now is im over not getting him fixed and now plan to in the next coming weeks. I want to know what can i expect when i do get him neutered? he's about 1 year and 6 months, will his energy go down?? Will he be able to play with the other unaltered male dogs he couldn't before because they would want to kill each other? Will his new found aggression for small dogs go away? Should i now lower his food so he doesn't get overweight? How will this effect muscle growth?? I need answers ..please help me!! haha
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Old 02-18-2015, 12:18 AM   #2 (permalink)
 
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Honestly, I don't think you'll notice that much of a difference. I think the major differences really go on internally. Your dog is old enough that it won't be as damaging as a juvenile spay/neuter, which there isn't a whole lot of studies on yet, but more people seem to be thinking that it does cause a lot of issues down the line (vets included).

The main thing, I think, is the potential for weight gain. Whether that's due to the lack of hormones slowing down the metabolism, or simply the dog having less energy, I don't know. My female was spayed young and certainly has enough energy to burn to keep her in great shape. I think it's up to the individual dog.

Here is an interesting article for you to consider:

http://www.naiaonline.org/pdfs/LongT...uterInDogs.pdf


I will say this: My male is intact and will never be bred. I don't think there's anything wrong with keeping a dog intact as long as you are responsible enough to keep them contained and stop them from accidentally breeding. The only way I would sterilize my male is by vasectomy, and I doubt I will ever castrate or spay again. If I do spay, it would be an ovary-sparing spay.

Anyways, just my ramblings, lol.
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Old 02-18-2015, 12:25 AM   #3 (permalink)
 

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Honestly, I don't think you'll notice that much of a difference. I think the major differences really go on internally. Your dog is old enough that it won't be as damaging as a juvenile spay/neuter, which there isn't a whole lot of studies on yet, but more people seem to be thinking that it does cause a lot of issues down the line (vets included).

The main thing, I think, is the potential for weight gain. Whether that's due to the lack of hormones slowing down the metabolism, or simply the dog having less energy, I don't know. My female was spayed young and certainly has enough energy to burn to keep her in great shape. I think it's up to the individual dog.

Here is an interesting article for you to consider:

http://www.naiaonline.org/pdfs/LongT...uterInDogs.pdf


I will say this: My male is intact and will never be bred. I don't think there's anything wrong with keeping a dog intact as long as you are responsible enough to keep them contained and stop them from accidentally breeding. The only way I would sterilize my male is by vasectomy, and I doubt I will ever castrate or spay again. If I do spay, it would be an ovary-sparing spay.

Anyways, just my ramblings, lol.


Hmm interesting, i have a question for you since a part of the reason i want to neuter is because i want a second dog and because i want a female. How do you deal with the two dogs when one is in heat?? You dont have mounting and frustration issues? Your girl doesn't get annoyed at her junk always being smelled?? Boomer is so intrusive right now some female dogs dont like it.
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Hmm interesting, i have a question for you since a part of the reason i want to neuter is because i want a second dog and because i want a female. How do you deal with the two dogs when one is in heat?? You dont have mounting and frustration issues? Your girl doesn't get annoyed at her junk always being smelled?? Boomer is so intrusive right now some female dogs dont like it.
My female is spayed. I chose to spay her for convenience because I didn't want to have to deal with my male when she was in heat, to be honest. And like I said, I haven't seen any negative effects (other than minor pee dribbling issues when scared/excited, but since she was spayed young, I can't tell you whether that was a result of the spay or simply who she is). In the future I would keep my females intact as well, or if I did choose to sterilize for some reason, it would be at maturity and an ovary-sparing spay. As it is, I don't have any issues with mounting with my male dog. He's never been a big humper, lol. No issues with marking the house, trying to escape, or any other common "problems" you heart about either.
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My boy was able to stay focused longer, but overall was the same pup pre and post. He likes some dogs and doesn't like others, that started around 10 months. I waited for him to be fully grown and neutered him around 2. As far as the female in heat, sure the dog might try, and neutered dogs can tie with females even if the are altered. Best to give your female space since hormones and what not can make them testier than usual. It might not, but best to keep them separated during the heat when unsupervised just like if your male wasn't neutered.
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Old 02-18-2015, 03:53 AM   #6 (permalink)
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I neutered my male at 1 year 3 months. He didn't change in energy at all. Still just as wild. As for behavior it did help with his obsession of marking while being walked or outside but not much. I didn't find it any "easier" to train him. Maybe a little but nothing drastic as some claim. Most of his obedience commands he learned prior to being neutered. I never had any issues with him and female dogs but he was rarely around unaltered females. He ended up being somewhat dog aggressive so I can imagine If he was intact that could've made it harder in my current situation (walks and such). I honestly would've kept him intact but at the time I was living with my husbands aunt and she last minute wanted him neutered and since I had no intentions to breed him I didn't protest.

As for my female I adopted her spayed and she was spayed past 2 years old by the humane society so no clue on what she would've been like. I can say she has a bad habit of humping all dogs when excited and she had a horrible UTI but I can't tell you if that is fault of being spayed since I don't know her history or the environment she was in.

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Old 02-18-2015, 09:55 AM   #7 (permalink)
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I'm told that if you let a male castrate only dominance and territorial behavior decreases.
Bad (aggressive) behavior remains.
And in females, that they become more secure when sterilized.
I've also a male and female both intact, my female will soon in heat so I've to separate them. (also for my the first time)
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I personally don't see the need to spay or neuter a dog unless you are worried you won't be able to prevent an accidental breeding of mutt dogs. His aggression towards other dogs won't change. The only thing that might would be marking and roaming. Since you do want to get a female dog then spaying and neutering one of them would be wise if you don't want to risk an accident.
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So in my line of work, and as my own opinion, I am a full advocate for spay/neuter. unless you are showing and or breeding, what is the point of dealing with a moody and messy lady every six months and seriously who really wants to stare at giant dog balls if they dont have to.

I however, after reading and researching understand why some people would put the surgery off until the dog is older or not do it at all. Again in my opinion no great reason not too.

Weight gain has never been completely atributed to spay/neuter, often the owners buy in to the hype that it will and blame the weight gain on the surgery instead of the fact that the dog just isn't getting out as much or is maybe getting extra treats.

neutering a male will never remove all aggression, if a dog has issues he has issues, deal with it appropriatly, neutered or not. some studies have shown removing the testosterone will help lower the male to male aggression but hey just like some people, some dogs are just jerks, then again that hormone pumped guy at the gym can be a bit of a bigger jerk than the others.

all dogs, just like people, are individuals so each will react differently to a suregery that removes some of the hormone producing parts. What you can expect from the surgery for sure, a few stitches that will heal up into a scar you likely will never notice, a dog that has no idea it was ever fixed, and more or less the same dog you dropped off at the vet the morning of the surgery.
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So in my line of work, and as my own opinion, I am a full advocate for spay/neuter. unless you are showing and or breeding, what is the point of dealing with a moody and messy lady every six months and seriously who really wants to stare at giant dog balls if they dont have to.

I however, after reading and researching understand why some people would put the surgery off until the dog is older or not do it at all. Again in my opinion no great reason not too.

Weight gain has never been completely atributed to spay/neuter, often the owners buy in to the hype that it will and blame the weight gain on the surgery instead of the fact that the dog just isn't getting out as much or is maybe getting extra treats.

neutering a male will never remove all aggression, if a dog has issues he has issues, deal with it appropriatly, neutered or not. some studies have shown removing the testosterone will help lower the male to male aggression but hey just like some people, some dogs are just jerks, then again that hormone pumped guy at the gym can be a bit of a bigger jerk than the others.

all dogs, just like people, are individuals so each will react differently to a suregery that removes some of the hormone producing parts. What you can expect from the surgery for sure, a few stitches that will heal up into a scar you likely will never notice, a dog that has no idea it was ever fixed, and more or less the same dog you dropped off at the vet the morning of the surgery.

This is actually super helpful, my question, what do you say to the studies of the increased rates of injuries and other stuff neutered dogs have vs intact? Like i said my pup is a rescue and I'm not a backyard breeder so my main concern is overall health. I want my boy to live a good healthy life, and make the best decisions to ensure that.
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