My husband and daughter were discussing who could be fiercer, him or me.
My husband’s clincher: “Your mother’s bringing Tony to have his balls cut off – and she likes Tony.”
It’s true: Last week, I brought our new dog Tony to be neutered
Originally, I was going to write about how men do seem to feel some … ummm … resistance to the idea.
I’ve been surprised by the number of men I’ve met who don’t get their male dogs altered. Some owners will neuter but then have false balls implanted so the dog doesn’t look neutered. (Some wives will do that without telling their husbands.)
But in preparation for writing this blog post (after getting Tony fixed), I started Googling – and I fell into a wormhole.
All my life, I’ve heard that responsible pet owners neuter and spay their animals. Millions of unwanted animals are killed every year. Indeed, shelter euthanasia is the #1 cause of death for American companion animals.
But there are people against it. According to my Google surfing, these people tend to take their animals to holistic vets, feed them only raw food (which, and I’ve seen this myself, is a raging controversy), and are concerned about vaccinating.
The arguments rage. Some pro-neutering articles (like this one and this one) point out that the risk of certain cancers, which they say are deadly, are greatly reduced or eliminated by neutering. Anti-neuter people (including this vet and this vet) say those diseases aren’t deadly, but there are other deadly ones for which the risk goes up. Pro-neuter people point out that most dog bites are from unaltered animals; some anti-neuter people argue the opposite might be true.