Preparing for your dog’s castration
What is a dog castration?
Castrating involves removing both testicles. It the eradication of testerone production. Therefore removing the ability to reproduce.
Benefits to your dog include:
- The inability to reproduce.
- Can help prevent future prostate problems.
- Can help with naughty tendancies such as humping, and boisterous behaviour. However to note this is not a guarantee as some behaviours are already learnt at this stage.
- Prevention of testicular cancer.
Should I castrate my dog?
Is your dog nervous with people or other dogs?
Castrating dogs eliminates the production of testosterone. Too much testosterone can show behaviours like overconfidence with other dogs. If your dog is also showing signs of sexual nature. ie, humping toys, legs other dogs. If you are unsure if you want to castrate your dog give us a call and we can guide you from there.
This is sometimes an option, which would need to be discussed with your veterinary surgeon prior to your appointment. This is a non – invasive way of temporarily ‘castrating’ your dog without doing so. This can show you what your dog would be like if he was castrated. This is a good option for anyone who is unsure if a castration will help their dog’s behaviour.
If you would like to know more than please give us a call.
*If you do have an entire female it is worth noting that male dogs can have still reproduce for up to four weeks after!*
- Your pet will need to be starved from 8pm the night before. (Water can be available right up until your appointment).
- Please bring in any current medications your pet is on.
- Please bring in your pet’s food if they need to stick to their diet. (Unfortunately we are not able to accept RAW diets in the building).
Once your pet is awake and recovering well from the anaesthetic, pain relief will be continued and food will be offered as soon as your pet is ready (if they have any specific allergy requirements, please bring a few meals of their food from home in for them).
If you can give us a ring between 2pm and 3pm the afternoon of the surgery, we can inform you how your pet has been throughout the day and when a discharge appointment will be appropriate that evening.
There could be a few clip patches on your pet’s legs, this is where we will place an intravenous catheter to administer anaesthetic and painrelief drugs.
Please read the following list of complications that can result from this procedure and ask a member of staff if you have any questions or concerns. This list is not exhaustive. We will discharge your dog with a medical pet t-shirt or buster collar to be worn at all times which can help reduce the incidence of post-operative complications. Should an accepted complication arise, owners are liable for the costs associated with the complication.
- Anaesthetic death
- Haemorrhage (bleeding) both during and after the procedure
- Wound break down partial or complete
- Wound infection
- Bruising and swelling
- Suture site reaction
- Clipper rash or skin reaction to surgical scrub
- Risk of injury on recovery post-operatively
- Damage to the penis
We take precautions to minimise these risks to your dog.
If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to call us prior to the appointment time.