–Should you spay or neuter your Dogo Argentino. Well bluntly Dogos are much better pets, happier & healthier too when altered. The dogo being such a dominate breed that is stubborn by nature could make for a very difficult unaltered pet, especially in males. Don’t worry neutering a male will not turn him into a sissy 🙂 The truth is that male dogos,even those with a submissive personality, are much better pets if they are neutered. They listen better, are better behaved, most have less desire to roam, to mark territory (including furniture & shoes), and, if neutered before sexual maturity is complete they will normally be less likely to exert dominance over family members. They will probably also be healthier pets: neutering means no testicular cancer. Testicular tumors/cancer are considered one of the very most common tumors in intact (un neutered) male dogs. The overall incidence in dogs is not very high because of the large number of dogs that are castrated! However, in intact male dogs these dangerous tumors are considered fairly common.
Female Dogo Argentinos also tend to be better pets if they do not experience oestrus (heat cycles) every six-to-nine months. Dogo heat cycles bring hormonal changes that normally lead to personality changes, and oestrus dogo females must be confined to prevent unwanted pregnancies with the neighbors dog & blood all over the house for 3 weeks. Repeated heat cycles often subject the reproductive system to uterine and mammary cancers as they age. Also females often get serious infections that can even be life threatening such as Pyometra. Dogo Argentino females also often experience false pregnancies that can be a bother to deal with and other uterine infections that can be fatal.
Also thousands and thousands of dogs get put to sleep every month including some dogos & dogo mixes. The growing numbers of back yard breeders breeding & selling dogos cheap has lead to numerous unwanted Dogo Argentino puppies & adults in rescues or dog shelters across America. If you don’t have wonderful forever families lined up for a whole litter before your dog is ever bred than it is best not to add to this problem. Even reputable show dogo breeders often get stuck with whole litters for months & months…
Questions you may want to ask your vet:
– Does your vet use a reversible gas anesthesia? It is priced higher, but it is safer.
– Are the instruments sterilized after every surgery?
– Does the veterinarian scrub between surgeries?
– Is the dog hooked to a heart monitor? It costs more, but it is worth it.
– Is the incision closed with layers of sutures? should be.
– Is laser surgery available? It costs more but takes less time and reduces post-surgical discomfort.