When is the best time to snap off the sack?

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Many of us pet owners see our dogs as our greatest companions – a friendly smile to wake up to in the morning, a warm hug that comes unconditionally, or just a simple pal. As a dog owner of two small and fluffy fidos, it’s hard to make decisions for the greater good of your pet’s being. Whether it’s clipping their nails, hair, or their reproductive organs, it’s to give them better comfort and longer life. So when it comes to asking when is the right time to get the job done, it’s better sooner than later. Some may question, is it right to make that call? In all transparency, in my opinion, it’s not only better to make the call for your pet but also your mental sanity.

Primary Benefits to Neutering Your Furry Friend

With many hard decisions like – where to go and what to do for your fur babies post-op – let’s clarify the reasons it’s beneficial for your dog’s long-term well-being. The first objective would be the health advantages your pet will have if the sack was snapped sooner rather than later. According to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, better known as ASPCA, spaying and/or neutering your pets helps prevent uterine infections as well as tumors which are harmful in approximately 50% of dogs. In female companions, it prevents malignant breast tumors and in males testicular cancer. These preventions of health complications go into the next objective, which is life longevity.

Every pet owner wants their dog to be at its happiest and healthiest state for as long as possible. So the sensible decision would be to prevent any future harm that may come to your pet’s way – it’s not quite as simple as that. Neutering and spaying do not ensure longevity, but they will give your pet a higher likelihood of preventing harmful complications later in life. It’s a complete misconception to believe spaying or neutering will evaporate your dogs’ health and behavioral problems automatically. It can help prevent later on issues, but neutering won’t make current problems completely disappear.

How will Neutering or Spaying Affect my Dogs Behavior?

Let me tell you, I thought for the longest time neutering or spaying a dog would not affect the dog’s long-term behavior. I was extremely wrong. Growing up in a community where it is the norm to have your pets polished and perfect, I have never come across an unneutered or unspayed dog until recently. I was house-sitting this monstrous, tiny, terror named Pasha that not only destroyed my sanity but also my flooring. The dog did not respond to any training tactics, nor could it control its temper and urinary tract. He was borderline rabid may I add, I’ve genuinely never seen anything like it. There was one specific incident where I was sitting on the couch; Pasha displayed no signs of aggression sitting on the opposing side of the couch and then ran across and bit my face! It doesn’t even sound real saying this out loud because animals do not display aggression for no reason. Nonetheless, his ballsack isn’t the main cause but a genuine factor in his aggressive behavior. It’s likely something wrong with his cognitive process. It’s still quite alarming to see a dog with no history of abuse act in such a manner. After this experience, I’d advise everyone and their mother to neuter their dogs, especially the smaller, feisty ones. However, my perspective is valid only towards myself and my own experiences. It’s ultimately the owner’s decision whether or not to take this step because it is strenuous and difficult. Some may even deem it unethical due to the lack of consent given from the animal. Despite these thoughts, keep in mind an act of aggression can get your pet put down. It’s unpredictable to foresee how others could interact with your pet, and sometimes humans have no boundaries. Animals that can not contain their aggression would react in such a way to make the human appear favorable. I know it’s an unfair reality to settle into, but it’s better to keep your pet protected from potential harm that could come their way. Whether it’s inflicted upon humans, health, and or behavior, it’s more assurance to prevent the problem before it becomes one.

Dog Neutering and Spaying Cost and Recovery Process

Neutering or spaying any pet is highly cost-effective. Whether it’s time, resources, medication, or just having the money for the surgery itself, it’s a big responsibility for the owner of the pet. So, the first thing to think of when considering getting the procedure done for your dog would be to talk to a trusted veterinary provider. A common misconception is that a good veterinary provider needs to bang your buck. That is not true! If you are looking for one, by researching their name, background in veterinary care, and the website information of the given hospital the veterinarian is currently practicing at, a ton of information can be found. It’s better to scope the competition virtually rather than in person because you might be spending an unnecessary amount of check-up fees just to see how the doctor handles your pet. It also gives a better insight into not only who will be taking care of your pet but others’ experiences with the vet caring for your animal. There are also some things you could miss seeing at an initial visit, so using online resources can help navigate you to the right veterinary provider for your furry friend. After meeting with a veterinarian of your preference, ask him or her questions in regards to what the procedure will be like, how this individual performs their standard practice, how long is the average recovery time, and also what are the given costs. In the US, the cost depends on the dog’s body weight and how invasive the procedure itself would be. From personal experience, both my dogs are under twenty pounds – neutering my male dog from our provider cost on average $375, and for the female dog, $525. This is a little pricier than the average US cost. According to pawlicy.com, the average cost is between $55-$350. Cost-effectiveness did not shift my decision towards who to pick for the job; it was basically who handled and cared for my dogs the most. In many situations, the cost is a big factor in the decision process – in that case, there are state vouchers that can provide a low-cost solution to your neuter needs.

Once decided upon a veterinarian with a cost that seems doable, the next step is the schedule the surgery and designate a time of a minimum of two weeks to care for your pet. This does not seem too important in the beginning, but upon weeks of recovery, you will need to be alert of your pets’ needs. It’s like caring for a geriatric, you don’t know when they’ll need you, and they might poop or throw up at any minute. An essential part of their recovery is making sure you, as a caretaker, designate time off from other responsibilities like social life and work. Upon recovery, medication needs to be administered daily, as well as checking the incision and changing the gauze twice a day. It is key in the recovery process to allow your dog to go along normal routine with limited physical activity. After major surgery, it’s important to regain strength and give the body time to heal. Keeping your dog in its normal daily and dietary routine will help strengthen their recovery. I think the most important thing is to monitor your pet and establish a line of communication with your veterinary provider. If your pet is displaying any signs that show concern, contact the vet immediately.

When Is the Right Time to Snap the Sack?

As a pet owner, I believe that is your call for when it’s the right time. With factors like time-off, the financial cost to afford the surgery, and recovery, it’s hard to find a good time to get it over with. It is recommended to do before the dogs develop puberty, so the dog reprehends from developing aggressive behavior and/or health complications. It’s genuinely a tough choice for many to make, but for the most part, it’s for the greater good of your loved pet.

Mini Schnauzer Hour

To my fellow schnauzer enthusiasts! Mini Schnauzer Hour is an insight on the perspective of this topic: neutering or spaying – involving the breed of miniature schnauzers. Miniature Schnauzers are considered a fairly healthy breed – in hindsight, they seem socially and physically the same with or without their reproductive biddies. They are known for having urinary tract complications later within their lifetime. With that in mind, you might realize that it can be a safer bet to neuter or spay your schnauzer before their health gets out of hand. However, socially it seems mini schnauzers behavior consistently stays indifferent – happy, approachable, social – so it doesn’t seem like a factor when deciding whether or not to do it. All in all, making this decision for a schnauzer can be hard. Please always consult with a veterinarian first on what’s better for your pet to make sure your mini schnauzer stays healthy, active, and happy.

Spay/Neuter Your Pet. ASPCA. (n.d.). Retrieved January 5, 2022, from https://www.aspca.org/pet-care/general-pet-care/spayneuter-your-pet

Sophie Habibion

Sophie Habibion

Hi, my name is Sophie! I've been a dog owner for 10+ years. I have two dogs a peek-a-poo mix and a teddy bear mix who are the sweetest cuddliest beings. I find great joy in being able to show my creative outlets through writing