Getting your Dog Fixed (pros & cons)

Getting your Dog Fixed (pros & cons)

What does it mean to get your dog “Fixed”?

The term “fixed” is implying that you are getting your pet spayed or neutered. Spaying and neutering are operations performed by veterinarians to prevent dogs from reproducing. Spaying is a procedure for female dogs that involves removing the uterus and/or ovaries whereas neutering is a procedure for male dogs that involves the removal of testicles. Prior to getting your pet spayed or neutered it is important for a vet to confirm that your pet is healthy.




Spaying or neutering will eliminate the risk of unwanted puppies. If you are the owner of a female dog, it will ensure that your dog does not get pregnant. This can help control the population of dogs. In North America there is a huge overpopulation of domestic animals - millions of pets are brought into animal shelters each year.


Dog spaying reduces the possibility of “heat” periods for females. When a dog is in “heat” she will have bloody discharges and genital swelling. The genital swelling can cause further health complications if proper care is not taken. 


Neutering male dogs limits their masculine behavior. It will decrease aggression and sexual desires, usually driven by testosterone. This reduction of testosterone can lower the dominant and aggressive behavior towards other male dogs. Also, it will be less likely for your dog to hump other pets or objects and keep the dog from chasing females in heat.


Spaying reduces the risk of cancers and neutering is known to promote better overall prostate health. We all know that health complications can cost pet owners large sums of money. Sometimes it’s better to pay the price upfront to avoid hefty vet bills later on down the line if certain unforeseen complications arise.




Neutering your dog too early can lead to certain issues. The chance of hip dysplasia doubles and joint disorders chances increase by up to four times. Neutering also decreased the longevity in Rottweilers and triples the risk of joint pain for German Shepherds. Due to these reasons, it is very important to have a vet’s opinion on when it is the right time to have your dog neutered.


Weight gain and obesity must be monitored once dogs are “fixed”. The dog can become overweight without any change in diet or activity due to the changes in metabolism and hormonal structure.


Some dogs will have complications after surgery because of general anesthesia. Spaying and neutering are common surgeries conducted by vets on a regular basis, chances of complications that arise are low but still important to keep in mind


Next steps

Whether you choose to get your pet spayed or neutered, TRATEZ is always there to support your dog’s health. With the wide range of soft chew supplements, there is always something to maintain or even boost your pet’s well-being. The tasty soft chew supplements are catered to your pets needs to simply perform daily activities and keep your home happy.


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