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post #1 of 19 (permalink) Old 02-15-2010, 11:51 PM Thread Starter
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Vasectomies?

I was reading the "Age to Neuter" thread (didn't want to hi-jack it, so I started this one), and someone mentioned a dog vasectomy. I hadn't even thought of that.

Whenever I get a dog, I don't want him to breed, period. Does a vasectomy have the same effect as neutering, or no? I know it prevents them from actually reproducing, but if it's done at a younger age (before 2 years, which would be when I would neuter a male), will it hinder growth as neutering can?

Basically, what I'm asking - what is the difference between a vasectomy and a neuter, regarding health/growth?

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The vasectomy doesn't affect hormones, just stops the sperm entering the ejaculate. Neutering affects hormones.

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Neutering removes the testes from the male. Thus removing the organs that are responsible for producing much of the testosterone in males.

Vasectomy leaves the testes intact, but the vet will cut the vas deferens, thus inhibiting the sperm from being ejaculated. Hormones remain intact. There is a chance of the vas deferens regrowing and undoing the surgery.

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So I could have a vasectomy performed so that I wouldn't have to worry about reproduction, and then not worry about his growth being stunted?

What are the chances of the vas deferens regrowing?

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My breeder had a male (passed away at 13 years old last year) that had a vasectomy and he was sterile until his last breath, had the procedure performed when he was around 3ish years old I believe?

If and when I decide Stark should be sterile, I will be electing for this procedure.

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Mac was sterile until he had to be neutered due to an enlarged prostate. Most vets can do a simple test to see if there are any sperm.

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But they can still breed, not reproduce but breed. Intact dogs will be attracted to bitches in heat, will fight over said females, will roam in search of .... So you loose some of the advantages of neutering.
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I believe this is a training, socialization and contaiment issue, not a neuter issue. JMO though.

Also a owner responsibility issue (how to read their dog body language, etc..).

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But they can still breed, not reproduce but breed. Intact dogs will be attracted to bitches in heat, will fight over said females, will roam in search of .... So you loose some of the advantages of neutering.
The main reason I want to wait to neuter is so that I could let my dog fill out completely, but I don't want to contribute to pet overpopulation. I'm not so much worried about the hormonal issues, like roaming (because I'm not planning to offer that chance), and stuff like that, unless it becomes a serious problem.

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I believe this is a training, socialization and contaiment issue, not a neuter issue. JMO though.

Also a owner responsibility issue (how to read their dog body language, etc..).
ITA. IMO vesectimies offer a way to prevent reproduction without the disadvantages.

Anyone who is considering this option for the future may want to start looking now for a vet. While is a simple procedure, most vet don't do do vesectomies. If nothing else, you can check to see who your nearest reproduction vet is and contact them.
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