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When your dog becomes aggressive

When your sweet little boy starts behaving like a mean old junkyard dog, it's time to consider neutering.

Aggression could result from a number of different things such as a new dog (or cat or other pet) entering the home (as a resident or visitor) or tresspassing within the broader boundaries of your dog's "territory", another person moving in, a complete change of residence or a bad experience that perhaps you are unaware of. Although dogs do have a natural instinct to protect their loved ones and their territory which neutering will not affect, aggression in a male dog that appears out of the blue when no real changes have occurred and no "threats" can be discerned may indicate it's time to look into having him neutered.

Neutering will make your male dog less aggressive, reduce their tendency to roam, make them less prone to marking the territory, and reduce their tendency to mount other dogs (and in our case, their big cushions!). Neutering will also reduce the risk of testicular tumors and prostate disease. It will not affect their inherent playfulness or friendliness.

Neutering also helps to keep down the pet population. If you haven't neutered your male dog because you plan on breeding him, think long and hard about your reasons for doing so. Is it purely for profit? If so, shame on you! There are other ways to make money. Is it because you want another dog that is sired by your male? If so, are you prepared to ensure that all the other puppies resulting from a litter are placed in good homes? Do you know the buyers or are you willing to check them out thoroughly to make sure the puppies aren't abused or become another homeless statistic?

Neutering is, as always, a personal choice. However, please read about it and talk to your vet about the pros and cons of this procedure so that you can make an informed decision.


Anonymous said…
My shih tzu is 13 years old and my vet suggested neutering while his prostate is okay i'm worried about him being put to sleep his blood work and lung x-rays were good though. what are some toughts on this procedure safe or not at his age!!!
C.J. Denis said…
My vet said that 7 years is the latest we should get our dogs neutered because they can be susceptible to problems like prostate cancer. But I'm wondering at 13 if his body can handle it? I shudder to think of the boys neutering process (hence, I'm not a vet!), but if it can prevent other worse problems, perhaps you should have him neutered.

kat40 said…
I've got a four and a half year old shih tzu who's become aggressive; growling and snapping at other dogs, there's only one or two he's ok with whom he knows fairly well. He's nipped a couple of people lately too who thank goodness have been very understanding and not taken it any further! i always warn people that he 'nips' and they stay away, it's a pity as otherwise he's a very affectionate dog and i love him to bits but then im biased!
i've made an appointment for next week to have him castrated as i've been strongly advised to have it done for a] health reasons, by the vet on numerous occasions and for the aggression by others who have had similar problems
someone did say though that castration could make him worse if the problems were more deep seated. He was attacked while young by a much bigger dog, he was unharmed but very shaken and a few weeks ago a big dog pounced on him and sat on him before i could react
i suppose that's a factor
i just want to help him! i'll try any thing but i'd be devastated to lose him!:(

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