New York Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Meetup Message Board › Neutering is Castration, a Cruel and Unusual Punishment for our Canine Friends
|A former member||
There is a lot of societal pressure to neuter your male dog or spay your female dog. The various shelters are concerned about overpopulation. While recommended by almost all vets as important for health, neutering is also a huge revenue stream for vets that charge as much as $800 for this elective surgery. Many kennels or dog play groups will not accept a non-neutered dog older than 6 month's old. It is considered "politically correct" to neuter your dog, and considered a hallmark of being a responsible dog parent.
However, based on my personal beliefs and what I have read, I believe that neutering is wrongful castration and I have resisted pressure to neuter our 12 month old Cavalier. The worst convicted sex felons are not castrated in our society, because it is considered "cruel and unusual punishment." If you had a 13 year old mentally retarded son, would you have him castrated so he could not reproduce? If testicular cancer runs in your family, would you have your testicles surgically removed to reduce this risk?
Do you know that the health benefits of neutering are questionable? Really, how many dogs get testicular cancer? What about the fact that removal of the testicles reduces testosterone which is needed for healthy growth? Do you know that neutering increases the risk of hip and knee problems that are particularly prevalent in Cavaliers?
So, before you condemn your dog to the "cruel and unusual punishment" of castration, think it over carefully, consider other alternatives, or at least wait until the dog is 14 months to 2 years old.
See articles and websites:
Angry Vet http://www.angryvet.c...
Do Not Neuter or Spay http://www.chicagonow...
Society Against Neutering http://www.freewebs.c...