My service dog (Seizure alert) is 5 years old and my parents keep nagging me to neuter as does my vet. Theres nothing wrong health wise (he had a retained testicle and I had a vet remove the retained one and keep the descended one intact), hes got a great temperament. From what I read, recent studies and medical research has shown that keeping your dog intact is healthier and neutering causes an increased risk of hypothyroidism, cancer, urinary tract infections and urinary incontinence. Hes my service dog and I cannot have him starting to have health issues from being fixed. He is also fed a prey model raw diet and my vet advised me to switch to kibble possibly a vegetarian diet. From research, I gather dogs are descendants of wolves and a wolves diet is of fresh meat like deer and moose. Im not sure what to do?
Hey @doglover24, I noticed that your question about your dog’s diet didn’t really get answered. From what I read, switching to a vegetarian diet is better for a dog’s heart health, because there won’t be all that extra animal fat in his diet. Technically, you’re right about dogs being related to wolves, but domestic animals don’t need raw meat. To be perfectly frank, wolves can survive fine off of vegetarian dry animal food. That’s what they feed them a lot of the time when vets are dealing with animals in national parks etc. that have to have some sort of special treatment, such as high risk pregnancy in an endangered species, or a natural disaster rescue.
SO, in conclusion, I’d recommend the vegetarian diet. (I buy my dog vegan dog food.)
I would also recommend getting your dog neutered because of the animal homelessness problem. A single male dog has the potential to impregnate hundreds of females during his lifetime, and while I doubt your dog would have quite that much opportunity, it is better to play it safe. I wouldn’t worry about cancer being caused by the surgery because he’ll probably be fine. besides, there are so many things that cause cancer (and we’re finding out that most of them are actually genetic,) I doubt that keeping your dog in tact would mean that he’d miraculously outlive all other dogs in the world. There are just some things you can’t control, and that’s one of them. But you can control whether your dog contributes to animal overpopulation by neutering. 😉
He isnt near females in heat as it is and has a 100% reliable recall since he is a service dog. I just dont want to perform a surgery that isnt really needed and have him off work for a couple weeks while he heals and risk any negative effects neutering could impose on his health and temperament. My friend dog went nuts after he was neutered and is now aggressive with other male dogs especially if they are intact
My dog has never contributed to the overpopulation so how would neutering him help that….dogs end up in shelters because owners are irresponsible. I have decided to have a vasectomy done on my dog. He can keep his much needed hormones, but will not be able to impregnate a female IF he ever had the chance to.