|Barked: Mon Apr 16, '12 3:46am PST |
|I also wanted to add that if I was going to neuter a dog it would be because I honestly believed it was the best thing for him because of existing behaviors (and of course, training had failed to alter them).
Since this still leaves about 50% of per-sterilization testosterone levels in a dog's system, that isn't accomplished. I wouldn't choose to neuter a dog for sterilization reasons, I'm quite confident in my ability to serve as a, um, prophylactic for my dog.
You achieve sterilization, don't really manage to avoid hormonal problems that can arise from neutering a dog (low hormonal levels can have the same or similar effects on the body as castrate levels do), and you get added risk from the procedure itself.
I'm definitely glad this is going to be an option out there for cash-strapped shelters, but I really hope this isn't something that will catch on to the pet-owner market. A traditional neuter is still, at least in my mind, much safer, and will achieve better results for the "average" pet owner.
That said, it's not something I'll have to worry about with Samson :3. He's perfectly fine the way he is.
Edited by author Mon Apr 16, '12 3:48am PST
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