Neutering Your Dog 2018-09-06T16:09:03+00:00

Neutering Your Dog | Gulf Breeze Animal Hospital

Neutering should be considered if you are keeping any male dog as a pet. Remember that Guide Dogs for the Blind, Hearing Dogs for Deaf People and Dogs for the Disabled are rountinely neutered and this does not impair their ability to perform their duties.

* Reduces the risk of benign prostatic hyperplasia 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.
* Removes sexual urges, which usually decreases roaming behaviors.
* Reduces certain types of aggression.

Neutering may be used in an attempt to treat certain forms of aggression. In older dogs, the operation may be performed to treat testicular tumors and some prostate gland conditions. Is is also used to control hormonal (testosterone) dependent diseases such as perianal adenomas.

Most of the perceived disadvantages are false. The most quoted of these are that the dog will become fat, lazy and useless as a guardian. Obesity is probably the most commonly quoted disadvantage of neutering. In most cases, obesity is the result of overfeeding and not exercising enough. By regulating your dog’s diet and coloric intake, you can prevent obesity in both neutered and intact males.

Neutering does not cause a change in personality, guarding instincts, intelligence, playfulness and affection.

Most veterinarians recommend neutering near six months of age. However, neutering at an earlier age, which is common practice at animal shelters, does not appear to be detrimental.

Neutering is considered a major operation and requires general anesthesia. With any anesthetic, the risk of serious complications, including death, is always present. However, with modern anesthetics and monitoring equipment, the risk of a complication is very low. It has been said that your pet has a greater chance of being injured in a car wreck than having an anesthetic or surgical complication.

Your pet will be examined by a veterinarian and pre-anesthetic blood tests will usually be performed. If everything is acceptable, your pet will be anesthetized. Most pets will have an intravenous catheter placed to administer the anesthetic and to provide fluid therapy during the surgery. After your pet is anesthetized, a breathing tube will be placed in his trachea or “windpipe” to deliver oxygen and gas anesthetic directly into the lungs. The surgery consists of making a small incision in front of the scrotum and removing the testicles. Many veterinarians use absorbable internal sutures so you do not have to return your dog to the hospital to have them removed.

Rest and restriction of activity are the primary post-operative care you should provide. Most dogs can resume to normal activity five to ten days after surgery. Until then, leash walks , lots of rest, and no swimming, bathing, running and climbing stairs are the rule.

Neutering Your Dog | Gulf Breeze Animal Hospital

Neutering Your Dog

Neutering should be considered if you are keeping any male dog as a pet. Remember that Guide Dogs for the Blind, Hearing Dogs for Deaf People and Dogs for the Disabled are rountinely neutered and this does not impair their ability to perform their duties.

* Reduces the risk of benign prostatic hyperplasia 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.
* Removes sexual urges, which usually decreases roaming behaviors.
* Reduces certain types of aggression.

Neutering may be used in an attempt to treat certain forms of aggression. In older dogs, the operation may be performed to treat testicular tumors and some prostate gland conditions. Is is also used to control hormonal (testosterone) dependent diseases such as perianal adenomas.

Most of the perceived disadvantages are false. The most quoted of these are that the dog will become fat, lazy and useless as a guardian. Obesity is probably the most commonly quoted disadvantage of neutering. In most cases, obesity is the result of overfeeding and not exercising enough. By regulating your dog’s diet and coloric intake, you can prevent obesity in both neutered and intact males.

Neutering does not cause a change in personality, guarding instincts, intelligence, playfulness and affection.

Most veterinarians recommend neutering near six months of age. However, neutering at an earlier age, which is common practice at animal shelters, does not appear to be detrimental.

Neutering is considered a major operation and requires general anesthesia. With any anesthetic, the risk of serious complications, including death, is always present. However, with modern anesthetics and monitoring equipment, the risk of a complication is very low. It has been said that your pet has a greater chance of being injured in a car wreck than having an anesthetic or surgical complication.

Your pet will be examined by a veterinarian and pre-anesthetic blood tests will usually be performed. If everything is acceptable, your pet will be anesthetized. Most pets will have an intravenous catheter placed to administer the anesthetic and to provide fluid therapy during the surgery. After your pet is anesthetized, a breathing tube will be placed in his trachea or “windpipe” to deliver oxygen and gas anesthetic directly into the lungs. The surgery consists of making a small incision in front of the scrotum and removing the testicles. Many veterinarians use absorbable internal sutures so you do not have to return your dog to the hospital to have them removed.

Rest and restriction of activity are the primary post-operative care you should provide. Most dogs can resume to normal activity five to ten days after surgery. Until then, leash walks , lots of rest, and no swimming, bathing, running and climbing stairs are the rule.

Neutering Your Dog | Gulf Breeze Animal Hospital

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