January 12, 2013

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Dear Dog Lady,

I didn’t want to neuter my Lhasa apsos because I thought their personalities would change and they would get fat. About three years ago, I noticed one testicle was enlarged on my older guy Charlie and I got both boys neutered. When the biopsy came back, Charlie had two forms of early cancer. The veterinarian told me the cancer is common when a testicle does not drop, which is why the breeder sold my dog.

I will always think about what Charlie wouldn’t have gone through if I had not needlessly worried about his “manhood.” Neutering never changed his personality. He will be 13 years old, and this afternoon he enjoyed his usual run in the park. He still makes love to my pillows. My animals are happier and healthier being neutered.


A: The situation with Charlie is exactly how animal medical professionals make the case for neutering. Also, incontrovertible evidence concerns the unconscionable animal overpopulation. Sterilizing your pet is the only humane thing you can do for all the animals. And, as you’ve found out, neutering doesn’t mean a dog can’t have his way with the cushions.

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