Why Neuter Your Dog? Why Spay? Why Tattoo?

Why Neuter Your Dog

As time passes, more dogs are getting tattoos. That’s right! We said tattoos. Let us explain … We had our dog Teddy, neutered when he was a puppy. If you don’t plan on having your dog reproduce then it’s a good idea to have your dog neutered or spayed. If your dog is a male then he gets “neutered”. If your dog is a female then she gets “spayed”. We knew we didn’t want to allow Teddy to get a female dog pregnant so we had him neutered. A dog’s testicles are removed when a male dog is neutered. A dog’s uterus and ovaries are removed when a female dog is spayed. Aside from preventing reproduction, people wonder why they should neuter or spay their dogs. Many aren’t aware of the health benefits from spaying and neutering your dogs. There are also behavioral benefits. Having your male dog’s testicles removed can prevent testicular cancer, minimize your dog’s desire to hump, and prevent excessive urination to mark their territory.

Dog Tattoos - After Neuter Spay

Why Spay Your Dog

Having your female dog’s ovaries and uterus removed can prevent her from longing for a mate while she is in heat. It will eliminate her from going into heat and leaving spots of blood around your home. But most importantly it will prevent pregnancy. Spaying also decreases the chances of getting cancer and infections in her reproductive and urinary organs. These are all benefits worth considering when deciding if you should spay your dog.

Why Do Dogs Get Tattoos?

After dog’s are neutered, the vet tattoos the dog with either a blue or green colored line. The line will be located right near the scar from surgery to remove the dog’s testicles. Wondering why a dog needs to get marked after being neutered? It’s not always easy to know if a dog has been neutered. A scar is a tell tale sign of a surgery but the scar will fade over time. Even before a dog has been neutered, their testicles aren’t always visible. Testicles are only visible on some dogs. And for females you can’t see from the exterior whether or not they have their ovaries and uterus. Knowing whether or not a dog has been spayed or neutered is important for the future health of your dog. Vets should always know the history of your dog before performing surgery or giving a medical diagnosis.

Benefits of Having Your Dog Tattooed

If your dog is ill and having symptoms of a certain type of disease like cancer, your vet will be able to rule out certain areas of the body that could be carrying the disease. Testicles are often a prime location for cancer in male dogs. For the overall health of your dog, your vet should always know your dog’s full medical history. This includes a surgery to spay or neuter.

Kimberly Mattar
September 24th, 2015
Updated on May 21st, 2019