Neutering, or castration, is a surgical procedure involving the removal of both testicles. This surgery eliminates the sex drive and the ability to reproduce. It also reduces objectionable behavior such as urine marking, aggression and roaming, and if done at an early age, reduces diseases of the testicles and prostate.
The surgery is performed under general anesthesia. Dogs usually recover quickly from this procedure.
- Do not allow your dog to eat or drink for 2 hours after arriving home. Animals tend to be excited and may overeat, leading to vomiting.
- Check the surgery site twice daily. Notify the doctor if you see swelling, bleeding or discharge from the incision.
- If your dog is licking or chewing at the incision, please return to the clinic for a special collar to prevent this.
- Keep your dog as clean and dry as possible. Do not bathe your dog or allow swimming for 10-14 days.
- Restrict activity for 7 days. Leash walk only.
- Notify the doctor if your dog is not eating or drinking, or is vomiting.
- The sutures will not need to be removed.