How serious an operation is neutering?

Do you want to have a well mannered and more affectionate pet? Then neuter your dog. This medical procedure that was proven to reduce territorial aggression has significant health benefits for the pet as well. People are aware of the consequences of dog over population. If there are no future plans to breed the dog, an owner’s decision to have the pet neutered would make a major contribution to programs aimed to cut down on the number of stray dogs that have to be put to sleep every year.

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What is neutering?

Neutering is a surgical procedure that renders a dog incapable of producing offspring. Also known as castration in male dogs, this procedure removes the dog’s reproductive organ, the testicles. In female dogs, neutering is commonly called spaying. The surgical procedure removes the uterus and the ovaries. Dogs that have undergone spaying or castration are sterilized so that they can no longer procreate.

Benefits of neutering

Dogs are considered to be the most popular choice for a pet. However, the number dogs exceed the number of people wanting to own and care for one. Because stray dogs become a threat to society hundreds of these wonderful animals have to be put to sleep every year. Neutering cuts down the number of over population of dogs. Moreover, it was medically proven that if neutering is done before the dog reaches 2 years of age the territorial aggression is reduced. Urine marking and the dog’s inclination to roam is considerably decreased as well. But more importantly, neutering has health benefits for the dog. Neutered dogs live healthier and longer lives as this surgical procedure eliminates the risk of the development of pyometra, an infection of the uterus and ovarian cancer in female dogs. Male dogs are prevented from developing prostate problems and testicular cancer.

How is neutering done?

Neutering is a relatively simple procedure for male dogs. The dog will be anesthetized and a simple incision will be made in the scrotum to remove the testicles. The incision will then be closed with one or two sutures. Neutering in male dogs is not a major operation. Although the patient has to be under general anesthesia, it is not necessary to enter the abdomen or any body cavity of the dog. This surgical procedure is a little bit serious in female dogs as to remove the uterus and the ovaries an opening has to be made in the abdomen. Four to eight sutures will be necessary to close the incision. A female dog has to be prevented from doing strenuous activities for a few days.

Are there any risks with neutering?

The surgical procedure of neutering can be over in 20 to 30 minutes. Dogs generally recover quickly. But as with any surgical procedure, neutering does have a certain amount of risk. Complications cannot be totally prevented. The risks involved though are pretty low. The dog may have an unpredictable reaction to anesthesia. The dog can hemorrhage or the wound can breakdown. Dogs have the inclination to lick wounds thus post operative infection is possible. Owners that are thinking of neutering the pet would be glad to know that rate of complications resulting to the death of the pet is very low.

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