Why should I have my dog castrated?
Castration should be considered if you are keeping any male dog as a pet.
What are the advantages of castrating my male dog?
Reduces the risk of prostate cancer and prostatitis Reduces the risk of hormone-related diseases such as perianal adenoma Eliminates the risk of testicular cancer, the second most common cancer in intact dogs Removal of sexual urges, which usually decreases roaming behaviors Reduction of certain types of aggression.
Is castration performed for any other reason?
The operation may be performed to treat testicular tumors and some prostate gland conditions. It is also used to control hormonal (testosterone) dependent diseases such as anal adenomas. Castration may also be used in an attempt to treat certain forms of aggression. What are the disadvantages? The most quoted disadvantage of castration is that the dog will become fat and lazy. Obesity is the result of overfeeding and not exercising enough. By regulating your dog’s diet and exercise levels, you can prevent obesity in castrated or intact males. Castrating doesn’t cause a change in personality, guarding instincts, intelligence, playfulness and affection.
When should the operation be performed?
Research reveals that castrating a pet at an early age does not cause any increased risk. Most vets recommend castration between four and six months of age.
Is there any alternative to surgery?
There have been recent advances in non-surgical neutering. You should discuss this treatment with your veterinarian to determine if it is appropriate for your pet.
Are there any dangers associated with the operation?
Castration is considered a major operation and requires general anaesthesia. With modern anaesthetics and monitoring equipment, the risk of complication is very low.
What happens when my dog undergoes this procedure?
Your pet will be examined by a veterinarian and a preoperative sedative given. Later, your pet will be anaesthetized, a breathing tube will be placed in his trachea or “windpipe”. This will deliver oxygen and the gas anaesthetic isoflurane, directly into the lungs. The surgery consists of making a small incision in front of the scrotum and removing the testicles. We normally use absorbable internal sutures to reduce the risk of self removal.
Why remove the scrotum (Scrotal Ablation)?
Fully descended testes are suspended from the body by the scrotum. Dogs that have cancer or trauma to the scrotum will require this to be removed surgically. Scrotal ablation is also performed to reduce post-operative complications such as excessive swelling in aged dogs and in large/giant breeds.
Are there any post-operative precautions I should take?
Rest and restriction of activity are the primary post-operative care you should provide. Most dogs can resume normal activity five to ten days after surgery. Until then, leash walks, no swimming, bathing, running or climbing stairs and lots of rest are the rule.
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