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    Default Post-Neutering. What can sometimes happen.

    We decided to get the boys neutered last December.

    For over a year, I was opposed to the idea, then finally gave in when we got Wellie due to social reasons. Castrated dogs just didn't like them, and it became difficult to go out without constant barking and lunging by neighborhood dogs.

    Since the neuter, there has been no change in Wellie. He still loves everyone, including dogs, cats, and kids. All he wants to do is play with everyone.

    The change in Blue is horrible though. He never cared about other dogs, but now? If we happen to run across one that's intact, all bets are off. He goes after them with the intent to kill.
    He went after a french bulldog he's always known and never had problems with. He's also gone after strange dogs he's never met. I don't know what to do anymore other than keep him away from all dogs which is what we're doing now.

    I brought this up to my vet and she said it does happen. Really? WTF?? Why didn't she mention it when she was pushing castrating them??!!

    Anyway, I'm posting this so those who are undecided, know all the risks and benefits that come with neutering. It doesn't always cure behavioral problems, and can in fact lead to more.


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    Default Re: Post-Neutering. What can sometimes happen.

    Thanks for sharing. Both of my boys are intact, but we may have to castrate Usko for medical reasons and to tell you the truth I'm a bit anxious on how it will affect the relationship between the boys. That is why I may first try chemical castration to find out how it will affect him.

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    I have heard that some castrated males can NOT stand to be around intact ones. Wally is still intact, and I seriously doubt that we will have him neutered unless we absolutely HAVE to… or at least until he's a lot older. I'm really on the fence about this… there is so much controversy between the pros and cons.

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    @RiiSi Wellie's fine. He could not care less if a dogs castrated or intact. He's exactly the same.
    Blue has always been a difficult dog so maybe that added to it.. I dunno. Just know that we're worse off now, than we were, and there's nothing we can do.

    @ddnene he's still a pup so you have time to decide.. just do what's best for your family.


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    Default Re: Post-Neutering. What can sometimes happen.

    It is such a difficult decision, and I think each one is different depending on their personalities. Tyson was intact until he was 8yrs. I chose to not do it when I rescued him because one of his testicles had not dropped, and they told me that surgery would be more invasive since they would have to cut into his abdomen to get the 2nd one - I had heard horror stories of bullies & surgeries so I decided not too. Flash forward to 8yrs old... and he starts peeing blood - so we take him in, and he ends up having an enlarged prostate - in order to cure that - they have to neuter to remove the testosterone. Under he went, and that, as some of you already know is the surgery we almost lost him too. Thankfully he pulled through, my strong boy... and his prostate ended up going back down to its normal size within a few weeks post - op. The vet who did the surgery said the prostate issue would not have happened if we had neutered him. Ugh. However, there was not change in him after behavior wise... he gained some weight, but that's it.

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    Default Re: Post-Neutering. What can sometimes happen.

    Quote Originally Posted by ddnene View Post
    I have heard that some castrated males can NOT stand to be around intact ones. Wally is still intact, and I seriously doubt that we will have him neutered unless we absolutely HAVE to… or at least until he's a lot older. I'm really on the fence about this… there is so much controversy between the pros and cons.
    I am also debating in my head whether I should have Harvey neutered. He just turned 10 mos. old a week ago. He is the loveliest guy but stranger dogs want to attack him all the time perhaps because he is intact while the other dog is neutered. There is a neutered bulldog in our neighborhood. He gets along with him.

    I am unsure now whether he should be neutered. I don't want to modify his personality.
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    Quote Originally Posted by harveyspecter View Post
    I am also debating in my head whether I should have Harvey neutered. He just turned 10 mos. old a week ago. He is the loveliest guy but stranger dogs want to attack him all the time perhaps because he is intact while the other dog is neutered. There is a neutered bulldog in our neighborhood. He gets along with him.

    I am unsure now whether he should be neutered. I don't want to modify his personality.
    If you were going to neuter him for other reasons, don't let this reason hold you back. I just wanted people to know that there is a chance this could happen.
    Wellie's fine, no change. So I'm not sure how common this is.


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    Default Re: Post-Neutering. What can sometimes happen.

    I chose to neuter Henry early on so it wouldn't affect his personality as much. Thankfully he is the same lovely baby as before.

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    Default Re: Post-Neutering. What can sometimes happen.

    We had Monty neutered after we got him. He had just turned 4. He started marking in the house, even if he had just been outside he would find those few drops and he was definitely house trained. Also, my other dog Barney, was really quite scared of him and would fear bite if they crossed paths even though Monty would ignore him.... but Barney was here first, so... snip. It hasn't changed Monty's personality one iota, he still ignores Barney but no more marking and Barney is no longer scared of him.
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    It is all so damn confusing..... I want to hold off with Lambeau till he is at least 8 months, but Lewis wants it done at 6 months. We are starting to see Cheli getting 'nasty' with him at times, and it so happens this is coinciding with Lambeau starting to hump - only air at this point, but Cheli seems to not like it. Wgo Tuesday for his last shot so I plan to ask our vet his thoughts on waiting or not
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    It's very confusing.. but there's a very real chance that having one intact and the other castrated can lead to issues. That's my fear for Riikka. @RiiSi I think you're putting it off for as long as you can? I would.


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    We had another incident last night in the elevator. Blue again went the Frenchie who wasn't neutered. He was fine at first, then Chris gave some attention to the frenchie. Maybe Blue didn't like it, no idea but he started growling.
    sigh.. he's such a difficult bullie (literally, he's a bully these days).


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