What is neutering?
Neutering the male dog is a surgical procedure under general anaesthetic during which the testicles are removed. It is commonly known as castration.
What are the benefits?
In general, castration will:
- Make your dog more manageable and easier to train.
- Reduce your dog's sex drive. Neutered males are less randy and less likely to roam.
- Eliminate the risk of cancer of the testicles in later life.
- Reduce the risk of some anal cancers.
- Reduce the risk of prostate problems.
- Reduce the risk of perineal hernia.
- Reduce the stress of being an unneutered male in our modern world.
What are the disadvantages?
- It will be easier to make your dog fat by overfeeding. Neutered males need less food and should be fed about one third less. This should be adjusted according to results. (Too thin? Feed a bit more. Too fat? Cut down his daily intake).
What are the risks?
Castration is not minor surgery. Your dog will have a full general anaesthetic. The main risks are giving a general anaesthetic, bleeding after surgery and wound infection. These problems are occasional. Deaths from the procedure and the potential complications are rare.
Will my dog's personality be affected?
Your dog's personality will not be worse. In general, he will be a better and more reliable companion.
What happens on the day?
Your dog is admitted to the clinic between 8 and 10 on the morning of the operation. Please remember, water only after 7pm the night before.
Shortly after admission, he is given a pre-med (which calms him) and a drug for pain. Then he is given a general anaesthetic by injection. A tube is put in his airway and he breathes oxygen and anaesthetic gas from the anaesthetic machine until his operation is over. After the surgery your dog is monitored to check for a normal recovery and to watch for complications.