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Would You Opt For a Vasectomy Over Neutering?

When I spotted this piece on Dolittler about canine vasectomy, I was a bit stumped. I mean I had certainly never heard of this process for a pet, and, I admit, found the concept a bit fascinating. The client mentioned wanted this procedure done to her show dog so he'd be "safe" around her other dogs, but wanted to keep his energy and testosterone for maximum ring performance at competitions. The vet writes:

Though it’s an easy surgery (far less painful than a routine castration, with fewer complications, to boot), it’s clear that we vets have serious power over what procedures become accepted as the norm.

What's your take? If you knew this was an option, would you seek it out?

pmwoodward pmwoodward 6 years
Since our pets ARE our family members, I take care of them the same way. Therefore, I would definitely opt for the vasectomy or tubal ligation over spay and neutering. It's already been said it's easier on the animal, and, who are we to mess with their hormones? My belief so far (and I say this because although science never changes, our awareness and discoveries do) is that hormones do some very critical things, more than any vet knows right now, and to adjust them manually, without knowing what the ramifications to their health is, is crazy. It doesn't matter if it APPEARS to calm the dog, make it happier, etc. The dog may have changed after a while ANYWAY, or perhaps we have now caused another problem that just hasn't surfaced yet. I believe in assisting the body or doing something when there are absolutely no other choices, but there are choices here. And vasectomy and tubal ligation are those choices. Much easier on the animal...
alexinjuly alexinjuly 8 years
castrating or "fixing" an animal is not only wrong, but that shows how little peolple really care about their animals,people just want to get rid of what is natural in animals. Doing a vasectomy is not only the smarter choice but the most human option. People, think of this before doing anything else.
Julia1947 Julia1947 9 years
I am trying to find a vet who will do a vasectomy on my dog. If anyone knows of vets who do it, even if I have to travel, I will go there. I have had dogs all my life (61 years old) and all the males I had castrated had health problems. The ones I never castrated stayed healthy to the end of their long lives. That says enough for me. Also, it is baloney that male dogs become less aggressive after castration. I know plenty of people who have aggressive castrated dogs and a few who had the procedure done hoping it would help. It did not, their dogs were just as aggressive and, in one case, more aggressive after being castrated. More vets should offer vasectomies as a choice.
BeachBarbie BeachBarbie 9 years
I've actually thought about this before...and think it would be great if it was an option.
TomSullivan TomSullivan 9 years
Well actually the current literature does not support the so-called health benefits from neutering as is so popular with vets. and breeders. If you do research you will find that eliminating the testes and thereby the hormones which actually do a lot for the auto-immune system who compromise the later health of the male. A vasectomy done by an experienced surgeon is by far a more rational and safer answer. You will note that I said experienced for the surgeon which will all but eliminate re-connection (same goes for humans if you research that as well). There is in fact a huge amount of misinformation in both human and animal care worlds.
sparkysmom sparkysmom 9 years
Well, if you are talking about a pet, many of the behavior issues will not be addressed by a vasectomy (calmer, less aggressive, etc.). And if you are talking about someone showing in conformation, then a vasectomy would, IMO, be cheating. Dog shows are supposed to be about the improvement of the breed so altered dogs are not eligible for conformation shows because you can't breed them. The vasectomy would be - as far as conformtion is concerned - the same as altering the dog.
MandyJoBo MandyJoBo 9 years
I'd consider it if given beneficial reasons other than it makes for a better show dog. If a male dog goes unaltered, his biological needs require him to mate. That can be very frustrating for him! I think the dog, unless getting to mate, is happier with a neuter than a vasectomy.
Renees3 Renees3 9 years
It just depends on how much, the complications etc. I would need like a pros and cons of each. And backfat has a point about vasectomies repairing themselves, but at the same time, I don't think the dog is having as much sex as people :-) Bummer for him haha. and personally I didn't choose my dog based on sex, so it's like I would just get a girl dog because it was easier or something. I love my boy. He was fixed when we got him, humane society did it at 8 weeks old.
backfat backfat 9 years
Considering the amount of human couples I know who have been very surprised to learn that their vasectomy repaired itself I don't think this a great idea.
SugarKim4203 SugarKim4203 9 years
Easy solution: get a female dog.
MarinerMandy MarinerMandy 9 years
I think I would prefer neutering because then you get the behavioral benefits to go along with it. But, it does sound like a good option for show dogs that you don't plan on breeding.
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 9 years
To me, it all comes down to whichever is cheaper! I know it's a horrible thing to say BUT it's the truth!
ALSW ALSW 9 years
Mine have already been neutered. I suppose if it were less painful and had less complications I'd be more likely to consider it.
cubadog cubadog 9 years
Cuba did just fine with his neuter the vet I took him to do it with a laser so he did not have stitches and only took one pill for pain after he got home. They did keep him overnight but when I got him he was pretty much his puppy self!
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