is a dog neuter surgery?
Questions and answers about the dog neuter surgery.
Dog neuter surgery entails removing the testicles. The medical term is orchiectomy or castration because to neuter
specifically means to remove reproductive organs of either male or
female. In common usage, to neuter a dog means to castrate the
animal. There are well established reasons, both medical and
sociological, supporting neutering dogs and cats. The
surgery is usually done between 4 and 7 months of age. There is no
proof dogs always "get fat" or lazy after
the surgery. Being overweight results from consuming more
calories than they burn through metabolism or exercise.
Someone told me that if I neuter my
2 year old Bassett he will get fat, lazy and it will take the
"spirit" out of him.
Now I'm worried because my
veterinarian says it's the best and most effective way to prevent him from
spritzing all over the house. I guess it's called scent marking.
What should I do?
dog neuter surgery... what is
The dog neuter surgery is the most commonly performed
surgery besides the spay procedure. If there were
adverse effects on the dog or cat, such as unfavorable personality
changes, unavoidable obesity, lethargy or diminished "spirit",
all veterinarians would have a disclaimer that dog owners would need to
sign prior to the surgery. The disclaimer would warn of these ill
effects after the neutering... but they almost never happen so no one has
to sign off on lifelong ill effects.
Benefits include much less, if any, scent
marking, less inclination to run off with a female dog in heat, less
territorial aggression toward other dogs, less chance of prostate
problems, less chance for certain cancers, less chance for perineal
I've never heard a dog owner say they were sorry
the surgery was done; and I have heard many say they wished they had done
it sooner. The usual precautions attendant to a surgery under
general anesthesia are taken even though the surgery is considered rather
minor in technical difficulty.
| Doctor's Notes
All dogs should be kept under control to avoid vigorous activity for
7 to 10 days following a neuter procedure. Be sure to check
the incision daily for any signs of infection, drainage or
Read the instructions!
Most topical products are not
repellants, they kill fleas and ticks on contact with skin oils.
Do not expect these topical medications to keep pets totally free
from fleas and ticks... their job is to kill parasites after the
parasites contact the skin; they are NOT repellants!
I have a
German Shorthair Pointer, about 10 months old that I got from a top gundog
kennel. I plan to hunt with him whenever possible. How will
neutering him affect his intensity and energy to hunt and will it affect
his sense of smell?
Tumor in right testicle
hunting... effects on
questions! Having worked with hunting dogs during the past 40 years
I can honestly state I have seen no cases where the owner indicated their
dog was less of a "great hunter" after being neutered than when
intact. In fact, a nationally known pro dog trainer and writer (David
Duffy) said years ago his ideal hunting dog would be a neutered
male. They don't fight with other dogs in the field, aren't
distracted by scent marking every other male dog's urine spots, aren't
affected by a female in heat and can run all day focusing on the game.
The reason some folks might sense a slow down in
their dog usually relates to weight gain. Dogs and cats do have a
decreased metabolic rate after neutering and therefore require less
calorie intake (less food) to maintain an ideal weight. If you feed
a 3 year old neutered dog the same amount of food you did when he was a
year old, odds are good he will gain weight... not from the neutering
but from the excess food you have been feeding him!
About the only drawback to neutering is that you
can't breed him. But if you have no reason for him to sire a litter,
neutering should not be a problem.
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I have a 5 month old Great
Dane. Should i wait until he is fully grown before neutering
him? Why do so many vets say to neuter dogs as soon as possible?
breeds... when to
may be some veterinarians who suggest neutering all dogs at about 4 to 6
months of age but certainly not all. Be sure to ask your
veterinarian for the pros and cons of neutering a large breed of dog
before maturity... than ask several other veterinarians the same
question. You may be surprised at the variability of responses.
Male hormones do have an impact on some aspects
of growth and since the large breeds have more than a fair share of growth
related orthopedic issues, you need to do some homework yourself, in
conjunction with a knowledgeable and experienced veterinarian, so that you
are fully informed about the potential for sub-optimal growth of large
breeds secondary to neutering at 4 to 6 months of age.