October 15, 2008 "Ask Seth"

My veterinarian has mentioned I should have Sparky neutered. We want to have one litter beforehand. Is it safe? Will he become fat and lazy?

Dear Seth,

My vet has mentioned that Sparky should be neutered and I want him to have one litter before we have him “fixed”. Is it safe? Will he become fat and lazy because of this?

Megan, from WV


For a dog to sire a litter there is no benefit emotionally or medically. This is a common misconception that the one litter will make him a better dog. Some owners wish to have themselves or their children experience the birth and taking care of the pups, but should be fully prepared by making certain beforehand that there are willing, qualified caretakers waiting to provide the puppies with good homes.

Neutering the dog will does not make him fat and lazy. In healthy dogs free of medical conditions, overfeeding and lack of exercise cause the dog to become overweight. A neuter is usually safe yet with any anesthesia there is some risk of complications. These risks should be discussed with your veterinarian to ensure all your concerns are addressed. Sparky will need to be watched for 7-10 days after the surgery to ensure proper healing.

Seth Mayersohn, CVT


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