Neutering in Dogs

General Information

Castration (neutering) is the surgical removal of the testicles. When a dog is castrated before sexual maturity (6 to 8 months of age), the sexual characteristics fail to develop and the dog is sterile (unable to impregnate a female). Castration usually (but not always) reduces a dog’s tendency to roam and fight. The general level of aggression may also be reduced. However, castration is not a replacement for obedience training by the owner. Castration also helps prevent diseases of the testicles and prostate.

Surgical Procedure

Your pet will be given a preoperative physical examination to help ensure his safety during anesthesia and surgery. The operation is performed under general anesthesia. A small incision is made and the testicles are removed. Sutures may or may not be required depending on the case. Recovery is generally uneventful. Your dog will stay in the hospital overnight so we can monitor his recovery and keep him calm and confined overnight.

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