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    Quote Originally Posted by RiiSi View Post
    In Finland we don't usually neuter or spay dogs without health problems. IF and only IF the problems arise, we do the necessary treatments to cure them.
    And that just makes so much sense. Something that seems to be lacking in our country greatly.

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    I find discussions like this very interesting! I think you need to ask why you consider neutering. Is it for medical or behavioural issues? Regarding medical reasons, there are pros and cons and I suppose you just need to decide which option to go with. When it comes to behavioural issues, however, of course one needs to distinguish between aggressive behaviour (where research seems to indicate that some but not all dogs change in behaviour if neutered) and what can be described as normal dog behaviour. Some dogs hump and some don't - and those who do can I guess be trained not to. All dogs sniff each other's behinds and that is just normal. There are polite dogs who are perceptive to other dogs' signals and then there are dogs that just don't get it when being told off (dogs are like people, I guess!).

    What is really interesting here is that neutering is not only a medical/behavioural issue but also very much a cultural one. Just like @RiiSi says about Finland, in Sweden too most dogs are intact and it's not a problem. We have never considered neutering Castor (although he has a retained testicle which might be considered a medical reason to neuter). As RiiSi says, if there are problems, we deal with them when they arise, not long before, 'just in case'.

    Re daycare - sounds very odd that all male dogs need to be neutered to attend day care? Wouldn't it be better then that female dogs are not allowed there when in heat or that they are kept in a separate house during that short period twice a year or so? Castor goes once or twice a year to a boarding kennel and I read on their homepage that they would rather not have female dogs in heat, but as bookings sometimes are planned long in advance, they cater for it if needed. I don't think they would dream of demanding that male dogs be neutered.

    Then there's another thing to consider too. With relatively small dog populations (as in countries like Sweden) it is of course important not to neuter 'by default' as that will lead to inbreeding if there are too few dogs being bred.


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    Quote Originally Posted by KimDe View Post
    I chose not to neuter. Ultimately I felt it was better for his health. There are three issues as I see it. It is difficult to find a boarding place that will take intact dogs. Other dogs react to him being intact. He doesn't hump but will spontaneously ejaculate. I haven't figured out the triggers for that yet. He is two now.
    On this,,,( especially on the 'spontaneity').... Does he just get up and walk across the floor 'air' humping?? and then it's done?? That's what Hank does but even now as he's matured, he rarely does it. when he was younger, if you let him lick you, that would set him off. As of now,, I think he just has a dream or something lol..

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hankster View Post
    So what's your plan for your mr ?
    Well im thinking more going that way. Will investigate more on it. Most vets rather go the old fashion way and get it iver with....but hey i like new technology..My vet does it but will talk to him too. You know a lot of animals domestic or wild live very long with their hormones. Cant put all dogs in the same boat. My 2 cents.

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    Quote Originally Posted by helsonwheels View Post
    Well im thinking more going that way. Will investigate more on it. Most vets rather go the old fashion way and get it iver with....but hey i like new technology..My vet does it but will talk to him too. You know a lot of animals domestic or wild live very long with their hormones. Cant put all dogs in the same boat. My 2 cents.

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    Is Vasectomy An Alternative To Castration For Dogs? | EMBRACE

    My GS was castrated and was WORSE!!!

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    There was a link in the article posted that you can inject Zeuterin ( zinc gluconate ) directly into each testicle and that will permanently neuter the dog in a non invasive way, and only cost about $7-28.00 compared to $75-300 for surgical neutering. I would say that if you are going to do it, do it at around 6-9months to avoid behavioural issues developing. It's not for health reasons in males. In females there is a definite health advantage to being spayed.
    Should You Zeuter or Neuter Your Dog? Learn about Zeutering (Chemical Neutering)

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    Quote Originally Posted by helsonwheels View Post
    Is Vasectomy An Alternative To Castration For Dogs? | EMBRACE

    My GS was castrated and was WORSE!!!

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    wow,,,good read and almost more confused as to what the heck to do.. At this point, No on either. I'll let His temperament determine what happens next..

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    I had planned on neutering Chunky at 1 year but didn't because he had no negative actions that would make me want to neuter him. Like mentioned above he never humped, became aggressive unless provoked while rough housing and is the sweetest dog I have ever had. He was neutered because he had Cystine Stones which are hereditary and neutering is supposed to remove the chance of him getting stones again

    Chunky has not gained weight, became more aggressive or had any negative side effects from neutering him.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chunky White View Post
    I had planned on neutering Chunky at 1 year but didn't because he had no negative actions that would make me want to neuter him. Like mentioned above he never humped, became aggressive unless provoked while rough housing and is the sweetest dog I have ever had. He was neutered because he had Cystine Stones which are hereditary and neutering is supposed to remove the chance of him getting stones again
    One word I never accepted is "supposed" If a doctor or vet ever tells me "supposed" man is she/he going to get an earful.

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    Quote Originally Posted by helsonwheels View Post
    One word I never accepted is "supposed" If a doctor or vet ever tells me "supposed" man is she/he going to get an earful.
    Most things medically aren't guaranteed. The vet didn't "assume" anything

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