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I have two dogs, both about a year old (exact age unknown since they're rescues), and I'm not sure if I should neuter or not. I live in the Dominican Republic where people as a whole don't much care for dog health. There are very little vets avaliable, even fewer with actual degrees, so there aren't a lot of places to get a trustworthy opinion.

Like mentioned, both of my dogs are about a year old. I have a Boxer/German Shepherd (James Bond or JB) mix and a Rottie (Cooper), both boys. They get along great, haven't had much trouble with fights for dominance or anything between them. They are guard dogs and due to some annoying people on my block, really really don't like men until they get to know them. They don't bark as much at girls. JB is a tad bit aggressive with food but nothing major. They have recently starting marking (ugggggg!) and I wake up every morning to my car tires squirted on. Will neutering help with this? What are the benefits to neutering? Is it absolutely necessary or will they do okay without it? Are they already too old?
 

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I really don't think neutering helps with marking. My Aussie was castrated at 6 months old as per my vet/breeder's insistence, and has recently started marking at two years old, even though he never did it while he was intact.

My guy is only allowed to pee on things that don't belong to anyone. So trees at the park, or bushes that are not on people's property. If he starts to lift his leg on things that aren't appropriate, I just urge him forward so he isn't peeing on it.
 

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If I didn't have a inact bitch I wouldn't have neutered my dog.

Unless they are free roaming and mAking puppies with strays I see no benefit.
 

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I had a talk with a couple today in one of the off leash parks, she was apologizing for her 7 month old Lab. They slated him for neuter next week to try to calm him down.

I mentioned I would never desex another animal unless there's a medical reason for it, she asked why of course. I explained to her about Jagger, the ex's minpin and being neutered early and how it created havok on his system. He ended up larger than the average Pin and hypothyroid with all the crazy symptoms to go along with it.

Her jaw dropped.

She had her female lab desexed at 5 months - the dog is now hypothyroid and she wasn't given a reason for it. I told her to make an educated choice on her male.

It's peoples' choice to desex or not. But personally, I will never do it again unless there is a reason - and never before 2 years of age.
 

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i also strongly believe that neutering really doesn't fix marking and there is so many other health issues that can pop up because of neutering that I believe it cause more harm than good.
Your boys sounds like they are happy and healthy. Rather keep it that way!
 

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My vet has recommended neutering both of my boys since we're not breeding them because of concerns of testicular cancer and other issues. I see no benefit to NOT doing it.
 

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Hey! I don't believe there are negatives to neutering your dogs. If there is a chance they might get out and reproduce, I would actually recommend getting them neutered since having unplanned puppies is not ideal. Both my male dogs were neutered at around 6 months, and they are happy and healthy! (They do mark things still though if I'm not watching, though not as much as an intact dog might)

In the states, all dogs in shelters/rescues are spayed/neutered before being adopted, and there is not really evidence that this causes an increase in health problems. I think there are always case by case situations where going one way or the other can make a significant difference in the dog's health, but overall spaying/neutering is a safe and smart option.

Here is an article that discusses some of the pro's and con's of spaying/neutering if you are interested: https://www.petdoors.com/blog/the-truth-about-spaying-and-neutering/
 

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Hey! I don't believe there are negatives to neutering your dogs. If there is a chance they might get out and reproduce, I would actually recommend getting them neutered since having unplanned puppies is not ideal. Both my male dogs were neutered at around 6 months, and they are happy and healthy! (They do mark things still though if I'm not watching, though not as much as an intact dog might)

In the states, all dogs in shelters/rescues are spayed/neutered before being adopted, and there is not really evidence that this causes an increase in health problems. I think there are always case by case situations where going one way or the other can make a significant difference in the dog's health, but overall spaying/neutering is a safe and smart option.

Here is an article that discusses some of the pro's and con's of spaying/neutering if you are interested: https://www.petdoors.com/blog/the-truth-about-spaying-and-neutering/
And what medical credentials does Stephen Daily have? You post a blog from a doggie door sales site as proof?


Lets hear it from a certified vet. Dr. Karen Becker. I urge you to watch it.

 

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Unless you are a breeder, or planning to breed, spaying or neutering is the responsible thing to do. For every case of 'bad' reaction to spaying or neutering, there are thousands that have had zero negative effects.
 

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There are so many different opinions on what is 'best'. Due to my personal experiences, this is how I go about things.

Females: Spayed at two years old
Males: Don't need to be neutered, but if they are, not before 2 years old

I don't like early spay or neuter. The pups need their hormones, I can't imagine why people would choose to cut them off while the pup is still growing! The reason I personally choose to spay females is because my mother's dog needed an emergency hysterectomy due to a uterus infection that would have killed her. The vet said if she were spayed, the infection never would have occurred. I know the vet isn't against leaving dogs intact either, seeing as the other dog in the household is a 10 year male beagle who is still intact, so I trust her judgement on the situation.

ETA: Also, this 10 year old beagle looks so young, healthy, and fit. He definitely has many years to come. I absolutely believe this is because he is still intact.
 

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And what medical credentials does Stephen Daily have? You post a blog from a doggie door sales site as proof?


Lets hear it from a certified vet. Dr. Karen Becker. I urge you to watch it.

Dr. Becker: The Truth About Spaying and Neutering - YouTube
I wasn't citing that article as any sort of proof, only that it discusses some of the general pro's and con's which could then be further researched if one did not know where to begin and wanted an unbiased introduction to the issues at hand :)
 
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