PetMeds® Does Neutering Reduce Aggressive Behavior in Pets?
|One of the biggest reasons pet owners neuter or spay their pet is to supposedly “calm them down” and/or improved unwanted or aggressive behaviors. However, research in recent years actually has been conflicting on this with several studies showing that aggression is actually higher in the neutered male dogs.|
When looking at populations of dominance aggressive pets at veterinary university behavioral clinics, most of the presenting pets are indeed already neutered. In addition, it is also interesting to note that certain cancers (like prostate cancer) and diseases are actually higher in the neutered male.
In spite of this it is still recommended to neuter male pets to help control pet populations, however, I usually recommend waiting until a male pet is sexually mature at 1 year of age to neuter them.