Dog Castration

Dog Castration

The Surgery

Castration involves the removal of both testicles through an incision in front of the scrotum. This prevents him from siring any unwanted puppies and can help curb undesirable behaviour such as mounting, aggression towards other dogs, and roaming. It also has some health benefits, as it prevents testicular cancer, and greatly reduces the chance of prostate cancer and enlargement.

This is a routine surgery, taking on approximately 15 minutes to complete

Pre-surgery

No food should be given after 6pm the previous night and the water taken away first thing in the morning.  This is to make sure his stomach is empty prior to the anaesthetic therefore removing the risk of vomiting during recovery.

He will need to be brought into the clinic between 8am and 8.30am the morning of his operation, but let him toilet before coming in.  Please make sure he is clean.

 

On arrival at the clinic

One of our staff will take your details and answer any questions you might have.  Your dog will be weighed, and put in our hospital where he will have a full physical exam before surgery.

The initial anaesthetic is given into a vein in the leg, a tube was then placed in the windpipe for your animal breathe the anaesthetic gas.  A nurse monitors your dog through the surgery and recovery.

After surgery

Your dog will be ready to go home that afternoon. Recovery times from anaesthesia can vary.  He will need to be kept in a warm, quiet place to ‘sleep off’ the anaesthetic effects.

Wound management

Please check the wound daily, and contact us if you notice any swelling, discharge from the wound, or if she is constantly licking at her stitches. The stitches will need to be removed after 10 days.

Exercise

Although routine, castration is a surgery and recovery times vary.  Until the stitches are removed we advise no swimming or bathing, and to keep your dog quiet (no running or jumping).  He can have short walks on the lead only in this time.  Once the stitches have been removed he can return to normal.

Feeding 

Having your dog castrated will not cause him to gain weight, however your dogs requirements for food and exercise may change after castration. It is important to monitor his weight, and if needed, increase his exercise or change his diet.

If you have any further queries or would like to make an appointment to have your dog castrated, please contact us

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