Saturday, 23 February 2008

Where willies go

If you are an avid reader of Moy-Moy's monday-only postings, you, like this one reader who boldly dropped a question in our Cbox, might have gotten curious about Moy-Moy's fixation with another dog's willy ( a british slang for penis according to Wikipedia)

We want to keep the record straight: Moy-Moy is every inch a STRAIGHT MALE, but ever since he uncovered The Animal Doctor's plan to neuter him, Moy-Moy developed the nasty habit of peering on the underside of every dog he meets, checking for signs if the dog had been neutered or not.

Neutering or castration is a surgical procedure to remove a male animal's testicles- where sperm cells and the raging male hormone called testosterone are produced. A neutered male does not produce sperms anymore, and has no interest in mating a female animal in heat.

An essential aspect of responsible pet ownership, neutering is effective in controlling animal population and in preventing transmission of genetic conditions such as hip dysplasia. An added benefit is a reduction in testosterone levels, hence behavioral(e. g. agression, roaming, territorial marking, distraction) and medical problems( prostate disease, testicular tumors) associated with this male hormone are likewise reduced.

In female animals, the equivalent procedure is called spaying or hysterectomy, where the ovaries and uterus are removed to completely halt reproduction.

With his tragic past as an abandoned puppy, a nobody's boy, we felt it was an absolute necessity for Moy-Moy to be neutered to ensure that he never impregnates any other dog by accident resulting to an unwanted litter on top of an already staggering number of neglected animals in this country.

Moy-Moy is approximately three months old now, and today, The Animal Doctor thought was a good time to neuter him. Generally, neutering is performed when the dog is six months old, however, veterinarians now a days ( such as the American Veterinary Medical Association) are preferring early age neutering ( 8-16 weeks old) in an effort to control animal population. However, veterinarians are advised to use their sound judgment on a case to case basis, taking into consideration the over all health of the animal.

Watch out for a full photo documentation of Moy-Moy's neutering in our sunday post!

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