Spaying or neutering a dog | Dog castration – Vet Advice

It’s commonly recommended that bitches should
be spayed and male dogs should be castrated. Here at the Abbey House Veterinary Hospital
in Leeds neutering operations occur daily. I’m here today to bring Shadow. He’s a nine
month old puppy. We’re going to get him castrated, because the main reason, we’ve just moved
in with my grandma and she’s got a 13 year old female Yorkshire terrier, so he’s a bit
bouncy, a bit excitable and sort of tries to hump her a bit here and there and she’s
not really having any of that. So we just thought it’d be better for him and also better
for her. Calm him down a little bit and also make her feel a bit better as well. Shadow is a cross bred Yorkshire Terrier and
was a present from Victoria’s grandma. Although she’s confident that getting Shadow neutered
is the right thing to do Victoria hasn’t taken the decision lightly. I’m a little bit nervous about it, yeah, but
he’s a good boy and I think that he’s in the good hands of the vets, so I’m pretty confident
that he’ll be alright. I just wish I was here to give him a cuddle when he came round. Shadow. Come on. Good boy. Hi. Good morning, come through. Right then,
so Shadow’s here today for his castration isn’t he? Yes. It’s a few months since we’ve seen him now
but have there been any problems since he was last in, or has he been fine? No, nothing. Good. Hi. Oh, he’s ‘ oh, do you know what
you’re here for? You’re looking very scared. Good boy. Can I look at you? Hi. So he’s eating
fine, that side of him’s all okay? Good. It’s alright, let’s see. Good boy. Good boy, good boy. It’s alright. Oh, we’re
very scared. We recommend neutering of all dogs. In some
situations obviously it’s not practical. If you’re wanting to breed from your dog. But
otherwise there are many health benefits from it. Castrating male dogs is something that
can affect their behaviour, so if you’re worried about any aggression or any roaming, looking
for a female, then castration will obviously prevent this. Spaying your dog can stop the
risk of any mammary tumours developing. If you have your dog spayed when she is very
young, it almost eliminates that possibility. When they got older, female dogs often suffer
from something called pyometra, where their uterus fills with pus. Obviously if your dog
has been spayed, then this rules this out ever happening. And if it does happen, then
it can be fatal. Both operations are something that we do routinely, so we do several a day,
so your own vet will be very experienced in this. The castration isn’t as invasive as
the spay is for the female, but again it is something that is done all the time. A castration operation is carried out under
general anaesthetic. Both testicles are removed through a skin incision just in front of the
scrotum. The scrotal sack is left in place but this usually shrinks with time. Vet Laura
then sews up the wound using dissolvable stitches. Although some vets will use stitches that
need to be removed ten days after the operation. Just 20 minutes later the operation is over.
Shadow is feeling a bit sorry for himself but should be as right as rain in a couple
of hours. You can have your dog castrated from about
six months old depending on the breed. Dogs start to become sexually mature from around
six to nine months old and this is when some behavioural problems can start. He’s wagging his tail a lot now he’s seen
you, straight to the door. Right. Oh, no jumping. You’re meant to keep rested
for the next few days. The scrotum is very sensitive and can swell
so it’s important to make sure your dog rests. Exercise your dog on a lead until any stitches
have been removed. If you think your dog is likely to scratch or lick the wound it’s probably
best to put him in a surgical collar. That’s on, that’s fine. Right then. He’s even more proud of himself. Shouldn’t
laugh. Right then, you. See you later. Thank you. Bye. As you’ve seen today, the procedure is just
a day procedure, so your dog would come in in the morning, have their procedure done
later morning, early afternoon, and be home to you the same day. The”re usually a little
bit sleepy that night, but then by the next day generally back to normal. So it’s nothing
really to worry about.

2 thoughts on “Spaying or neutering a dog | Dog castration – Vet Advice

  • It is so much easier with neuterd/spayed dogs.!!!!….. females in head are so exhausting… blood dripping on the floor, you gotta keep them away from other dogs… males would start fighting over her…. And for neuterd males: NO cum stains in their beds or on the floors…. so humping pillows or licking them selves all the time…. and as said no fighting with other dogs over bitches…. Go for it! Best decision you can make as a responsible owner

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