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?
Although many people are reluctant to sterilize their animal companions, the fact is that sterilization is both the easiest and the most effective means available of ensuring animals’ happiness and safety. Consider the fate of the millions of unwanted animals whose parents were never spayed and neutered.
Born into a hostile world, they are caged among strangers at animal shelters or, worse, abandoned on the sides of roads. They are run over by cars and attacked by other animals. They are infected with painful, contagious, and deadly diseases. Those unlucky enough to run into cruel humans are often drowned, beaten with baseball bats, suffocated in plastic bags, stabbed, shot, starved, set on fire, fed to pit bulls, and tortured in countless other ways. And the saddest tragedy of all is that before they meet some gruesome death, they reproduce, and the cycle of animal suffering continues.
Consider how much terrible pain can be prevented with a simple surgical procedure. We at PETA strongly urge everyone to spay and neuter their animal companions.
From the studies and research im reading the chances of a male dog getting testicular cancer is less then 1%. The risk of your dog getting bone cancer (especially Rotties) after being neutered is tripled as is the risk of hemangiosarcoma. Anything I am reading shows intact pets are healthier…
PETA always says neuter and spay your animals to prevent over population. If your dog isn’t around any other dogs that could get pregnant than I wouldn’t worry too much about it. I have heard that if you don’t get your pets fixed they can develop cancer, it is said to be more likely than if they were spayed or neutered. As for the food thing I would say stay with what you are doing. Sometimes switching foods drastically can upset the stomach of the animal