Puppy Desexing: weighing the advantages and disadvantages

Puppy Desexing: weighing the advantages and disadvantages

Desexing is a solution to hinder unwanted pregnancies; most of the cat or dog owners resort to this strategy to alleviate the concern of accidental litters. Cats or dogs can easily produce many offsprings and most of which, usually faces a difficult life with lack of healthy diet, shelter and care. This is one of the reasons why pet parents stick to the option of desexing their pets. In this blog, we will weigh the pros and cons regarding desexing puppies.

Most of the dog owners do not have an in-depth insight regarding puppy desexing, the ambiguity tagged with the process as a whole, makes it difficult to take a decision regarding desexing. One of the ideal means to learn more about puppy desexing and the related advantages and disadvantages is to talk to a professional veterinarian.

When can you desex your dog?

Dogs are usually desexed at the between 5 to 6 months of age, however, lately, most of the pet shelters resort to the early age desexing or EAD strategy, where they desex the puppy from eight weeks. EAD has been proven to be a safe and effective strategy especially for shelters facilities to prevent unplanned litters.

Advantages of desexing

  • Desexed puppies are less vulnerable to diseases especially prostrate problems and uterine infections.
  • Dexesing is one of the prime solutions in behavioural problems in dogs, especially male dogs, the process also reduces the risk of your dog being attacked by other dogs.
  • With desexing female dogs, you literally are taking away the risk associated with pregnancies like any complications associated with pregnancy-related surgeries, delivering puppies etc.
  • With desexing female dogs, you can also avoid heat sessions which are usually messy. During heats, female dogs can exhibit behavioural issues and can also bleed excessively, with desexing, you can get rid off all these confusions.
  • Desexing can ensure that your pet lives a long and healthy life

Disadvantages of desexing

  • It is imperative to keep your dog’s diet under check after desexing, as the process can increase the risk of obesity in dogs.
  • In some dogs, desexing has been associated with the medical condition like hypothyroidism, which is characterized by loss of hair, skin allergies etc.
  • Female dogs are prone to exhibiting urinary incontinence after desexing, the condition is characterised by urine leaks especially when the dog is in a relaxed state.
  • Desexing can also make your dogs vulnerable to cruciate ligament disease which is characterised by the tearing or rupture of the cranial cruciate ligament.

Always approach a professional veterinarian to desex your puppy and ensure that you get an in-depth insight regarding what happens before and after desexing your dog. A professional veterinarian can easily walk you through the different steps or factors to be considered prior and post desexing. It is advised to take your dog for regular checkups up to three months after desexing. If you have further concerns regarding desexing your dog, do not hesitate to contact us.