Benefits of Having Your Chihuahua Spayed or Neutered

A lot of owners seem to overlook the importance of having their Chihuahuas spayed or neutered. When you are busy looking at puppies trying to find the one that's right for your family, it's easy to forget about future issues like spaying and neutering. Unfortunately, this results in a large number of Chihuahuas growing up without getting fixed. The fact is that there are countless reasons why you should spay or neuter your Chihuahua.

Fixed Chihuahua

Fixed Chihuahua

Some owners are still stuck in the mentality that spaying and neutering is bad because it causes pain and unneeded stress on Chihuahuas. While there have been incidents of infections taking setting in after the surgery, they are few and far between. The American Humane Society states that fixing your dog is one of the best decisions you can make regarding their health and well-being. Most professional veterinarians will also agree that spaying and neutering is a safe, healthy procedure that owners should have performed on their canines.

Is Spaying and Neutering Really Necessary?

The benefits of having your Chihuahua spayed or neutered far outweigh the disadvantages. With that said, there are a few special circumstances when you may want to avoid having the procedure done. If you plan on breeding your Chihuahua at a later date, then you obviously wouldn't want to have them fixed. Of course, this is a big decision that shouldn't be made lightly. Breeding a Chihuahua will require a great deal of time and money, both of which are difficult to come by in today's fast-paced world.

Another instance where you might want to avoid spaying or neutering your Chihuahua is if your veterinarian advises against it. If your Chihuahua has a compromised immune system, is too young or old, or if they have some other underlying health condition, a veterinarian may advise against spaying or neutering. However, contrary to what some people may believe, there's no such thing as a dog that's too small to fix. Always follow the advice of your veterinarian to ensure the safety and well-being of your Chihuahua.

Spaying and Neutering

Spaying and Neutering

Spaying and Neutering Saves Lives

According to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), approximately 5-7 million animals enter animal shelters each year, and a staggering 60% of these animals are euthanized (3-4 million annually). It's a grim statistic that's only made worse when owners neglect to fix their pets. As a Chihuahua owner, you can do your part to lower these numbers by having your Chihuahua spayed or neutered.

Having your Chihuahua spayed or neutered will prevent them from breeding, which in turn will help deal with overpopulation. Even if you don't plan on breeding your Chihuahua, the hormones set off by a female in heat is a powerful attractant to unfixed males. It's all too common for family Chihuahuas to away from home in search of a mate, which is why you need have yours spayed or neutered.

Neutering Helps To Prevent Males From Running Away

If you've owned unfixed male Chihuahuas or other dogs in the past, you are probably well aware of how eager they are to run off, especially if there's a female in heat nearby. I guess you could call it mother nature's dating service, as it brings the male and female together to propagate the species. Unfortunately, though, shelters and rescues throughout the country are overrun with far more puppies than they can handle. Neutering your male Chihuahua will eliminate their instinctual desire to roam the neighborhood in search of a mate.

With the desire to roam now gone from your male Chihuahua, there's less chance of them becoming injured from other cars, dogs, people or getting into poisonous chemicals. This alone should be reason enough for you to get them neutered.

Neutering Reduces The Chance of Prostate Cancer

As lesser-known benefits of having a neutered Chihuahua is the reduced risk of developing prostate cancers. Each year, thousands of male dogs die from this horrible disease. While having them fixed doesn't completely eliminate their risk of developing prostate cancer is does significantly lower it.

Studies have shown that prostate growth is directly linked to the amount of testosterone a Chihuahua produces; therefore, the more testosterone a Chihuahua has, the higher the risk of developing prostate cancer. Having them neutered removes the testosterone-producing testicles, which lowers their chance of developing this cancer.

Chihuahua Run Away

Chihuahua Run Away

No More "Territory Marking" On Your Furniture

One of the biggest complaints owners have about male Chihuahuas is their instinctual behavior that results in them lifting their back leg and and peeing on the sides of furniture. Even if they are potty-trained, they may still have the desire to mark their territory on your furniture. Behavior such as this simply can't be tolerated in the house, especially if you want a clean home without the dreaded smell of pee.

You must understand that male Chihuahuas, or all male dogs for that matter, have the instinctual desire to mark their territory because of the testosterone hormone. By neutering them, their testosterone levels decrease significantly, which should curb their desire to pee on the sides of your furniture, walls and other areas inside the house.

Spaying Eliminates Heat Cycles

Female Chihuahuas go into their heat cycle about once or twice a year. During this time, they will be more sensitive, territorial, and they will bleed. Caring for a Chihuahua in heat requires extra care and attention. By spaying your female Chihuahua, however, you will eliminate their heat cycles altogether.

The truth is that these are just a few of the many benefits of having your Chihuahua spayed or neutered. If there's one reason that draws you to fix your Chihuahua, it should be to help control the population of Chihuahuas that end up in shelters.

*In the words of the famous Price is Right host Bob Barker "Help control the pet population. Have your pet spayed or neutered."

References:

https://www.avma.org/Pages/home.aspx

http://www.americanhumane.org/animals/adoption-pet-care/caring-for-your-pet/spaying-neutering.html

http://www.humanesociety.org/issues/pet_overpopulation/facts/why_spay_neuter.html

http://www.aspca.org/pet-care/spayneuter/spay-neuter-top-ten.aspx


15 Responses to “Benefits of Having Your Chihuahua Spayed or Neutered”

  1. Sonia Jaramillo says:

    My Chihuahua Lady Bell is 11 months old. Her food is Science Diet, but she’s chewing parts of her body. Also how long I have to wait for spay surgery.
    Which food will be good for her?
    Spaying ?

    Thanks

    Sonia

    • Chihuahua Wardrobe says:

      Hey Sonia,

      It sounds like your Chihuahua is ready to be spayed. Most veterinarians recommend owners spay their Chihuahua before their first heat to avoid unwanted pregnancies, but it’s perfectly fine if she’s already gone through her first heat cycle as well.

      You can read more about choosing food for your Chihuahua here.

    • Stefanie says:

      My Zorro eats Royal Canin dog food for small, indoor bredes. He loves it and I top it with organic chcken that has been cooked in unsalted chicken broth. He loves to eat what I eat. Now he has an allergy of some sort. Not sure if it’s food-related or environmental. Are there symptoms that define one or the other?

  2. savannah says:

    before i got my chihuahua junior fixed he was messing with my cat spooky and so he was tearing hair out , riding her and smelling her butt. was it really a good decision to get him fixed ?

    thanks,
    :) =)
    savannah

    • Absolutely, it’s always a good idea to spay/neuter your Chihuahua. And it’s completely normal for Chihuahuas to calm down some once they’re fixed.

    • Janine says:

      I have a chihuahua named Junior too who keeps messing with our cat Dude! I’m debating whether or not to get him neutered. I’ve never had a dog before and I love him so much I don’t have this to hurt him.

  3. Mandy says:

    Hi I am getting my 1 year old chihuahua neutered tomorrow. I have a 4 year old also that is not neutered but he is very calm and loving. The 1 year old is very protective and starts fights with the older one when he is near me. I am hoping the neuter will help calm him down. Is the 4 year old too old to get neutered?

    • Hey Mandy,

      A 4-year-old Chihuahua is not too old to get neutered. The veterinarian should perform a physical examination of your Chihuahua to make sure there are no underlying health problems that could complicate the surgery. As long as everything looks good, you can go ahead and schedule an appointment for the surgery. Neutering is a simple procedure with minimal risks, and a 4-year-old Chihuahua is still considered “young.”

  4. Marilyn says:

    I have a 4 yr old, 3 lb Chihuahua female who is not spayed. I’m afraid because of her size, she ranges between 2 1/2 – 3 lbs, that the anesthesia may be too much for her. The Vet keeps insisting that I spayed her to avoid possible cancer later on. Isn’t the period to avoid cancer past already. I’ve read that to avoid cancer she should have been spayed before her first heat cycle. Is it too late? I’ve scheduled her neutering for this Thursday.

    • Hey Marilyn,

      You’re right — spaying before a female Chihuahua’s first heat cycle nearly eliminates the chance of breast cancer. At 4 years old, spaying isn’t going to offer much (if any) benefits in terms of reducing their chance for cancer. But a skilled veterinarian can still safely perform the procedure with minimal risk for complications, so don’t worry about her age/size. Just listen to your vet and don’t be afraid to seek a second opinion if you’re concerned.

  5. Annie says:

    I have a 3 month old male chihuahua. It is my 3rd chihuahua but my first male. He is so different than my girls were. He seems nuts but am taking into consideration that he is now in a new environment. Potty training is not going as well as my girls. He is nearly 4 lbs. we have been told that it is best to have him neutered BEFORE he starts hiking his leg. Is 3 months to early to have him neutered and how many days should I stay with him 24/7 after the procedure. My husband and I work different shifts so the pup is never alone more than a couple hours and loves his crate when we are gone as we never use the crate for punishment yet we have not quite figured out how to punish him as he bites hard and breaks skin and we have never had this problem before. it may well be normal but it is new to us. Possibly males are more aggressive. will he be more teachable when we get him neutered? He is a beautiful Blue Chihuahua. He also has a sweet cuddley loving side but it only when he gets sleep and loves to be held. He does not lack attention. We are really trying hard. So my question is…WILL NEUTERING HELP?…AND HOW SOON CAN IT BE DONE SAFELY? Thanks.

    • Hey Annie,

      Neutering your Chihuahua should make potty-training easier, but 3 months is still too young. As far as the biting concerned, he’s probably still teething at this age. Give him time and divert his attention to chew toys rather than you and your husband’s fingers! And the minimum neutering age recommended by most veterinarians is 6 months.

  6. vicky says:

    I have two chihuahua puppies (brother And sister)both 6 months old, who should I have spayed/neutered first?

  7. Rachel says:

    My chihuahua Teddy is 14 months old. I have no behaviour problems at all, he is calm , loving. Do I really need to neuter him?he does wee on everything on walks but never in the house- will this stop if he is neutered?

  8. mike says:

    I have American chihuahua and his 11 years old and never been neutered should i do it or no

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