ahh! This is why im so scared to get Stouffer fixed! I am scared something will go wrong
First - angelqh - I hope that your dog gets better soon.
Hopefully it is not inappropriate to point out the risks of neutering. For example in an exhaustive study of the scientific evidence ( http://www.stonedance.ca/images/LongTermHealthEffectsOfSpayNeuterInD
ogs.pdf ) the advantages and disadvantages to neutering are pointed out, some of the disadvantages of neutering being:
Ön the negative side, neutering male dogs
if done before maturity increases the risk of osteosarcoma (bone cancer) by a factor of 3.8, this is a common cancer in medium/large and larger breeds with a poor prognosis.
Increases the risk of cardiac hemangiosarcoma by a factor of 1.6, this is a common cancer and major cause of death in some breeds
Triples the risk of hyperthyroidism
Increases the risk of geriatric cognitive impairment
Triples the risk of obesity, a common health problem in dogs with many associated health problems
Quadruples the small risk of prostate cancer
Doubles the small risk of urinary tract cancers
Increases the risk of orthopedic disorders
Increases the risk of adverse reactions to vaccinations".
Ön the negative side, spaying female dogs
if done before maturity increase the risk of osteosarcoma by a factor of 3, this is a common cancer in larger breeds with a poor prognosis
increases the rsik of splenic hemangiosarcoma by a factor of 2.2 and cardiac hemangiosarcoma by a factor of 5, this is a common cancer and major cause of death in some breeds
triples the risk of hypothyroidism
increases the risk of obesity by a factor of 1.6-2, a common health problem in dogs with many associated health problems
causes urinary spray incontinence in 4-20% of female dogs
increases the risk of recurring UTIs by a factor of 3-4
increases the risk of recessed vulva, vaginal dermatitis and vaginitis, especially for female dogs spayed before puberty
doubles the small risk of urinary tract tumors
increases the risk of orthopedic disorders
increases the risk of adverse reactions to vaccinations".
Of course there are some positive health aspects to neutering too (see the article - which states on balance that it is probably better not to neuter male dogs, but it's 50/50 with bitches).
I need to point out that this article only relates to the health aspects of not neutering (ie does not cover issues such as "overpopulation" issues etc). If an action genuinely is a reasonable avoidance of risk in this regard, it should be considered.
I do feel that in the US there is a chorus, almost groupthink, that neutering is the only way to go though. I believe the figures in Australia are about 55% males and 90% bitches spayed, and in NZ it is probably similar. In Sweden for instance though, about 95% are not neutered or spayed, but strays are almost unknown.