[quote]Mister T. wrote:
I guess I’ll be going against the grain of what most people say on this thread.
I have an 80lb pit bull/boxer mix, and I absolutely refuse to neuter him. My vet knew this and informed me that he could get testicular cancer if he’s not neutered, and he left at that.
I, too, can get testicular cancer and die. But I’m not going to chop my balls off in order to prevent this possibility.
While there is a possibility that he’ll try to escape to find a female in heat, I don’t think it’s very likely, especially considering that he stays inside while I’m away from home. (Hell, he doesn’t even like to go outside unless I’m out there too).
Also, I’m pretty damn certain a dog knows when his 'nads are chopped off. It is true though that he probably won’t care - likely because he’s too docile at that point to really do anything about it.
Lastly, if my dog were the type to continually escape, I’d find a place that would give him a vasectomy. I’m sure that this isn’t the most economical option, by a long shot, but there’s just something wrong with lobbing off a pair of testicles, simply for the sake of “preventive medicine”.
I’m no animal psychologist, but I don’t think animals, dogs specifically, suffer from the same vanity issues we do. If we lose a limb, we go through depression, counseling, etc, just to deal with the loss and try and be ‘normal’ again. Animals aren’t like that. They are incredibly resilient, so to speak, and deal with the hand they are dealt. Three legged dogs, ball-less dogs, uterus-less dogs, et al, just adapt and go on living.
That being said, though, when my rottie developed cancer in her right front shoulder, I didn’t agree to amputation. I just couldn’t do it. My own hang-ups…