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What is the procedure?
Castration involves removing the testicles which prevents the dog from reproducing.
Should I get my dog castrated?
Unfortunately, there is no ‘one size fits all’ when it comes to castration and ongoing research means advice is constantly evolving. It is a decision that must be based on the age, breed and your aims as an owner, carefully considering the benefits and risks. If you are at all unsure, then don’t hestitate to discuss the decision with us at Orchard Vets.
So, what are the proven benefits?
Are there any other potential benefits?
When should I castrate?
Any age from 20 weeks onwards (in certain circumstances after discussion with a vet an earlier age for castration may be considered). Castration is specifically recommended in the treatment of cryptorchidism. This is where one or both testicles have not fully descended into the scrotum and the testicles remain within the inguinal ring or abdomen. This is because the undescended testicles are at an increased risk of becoming cancerous, and at a younger age than in dogs with descended testicles.
What are the potential complications and risks of the procedure?
Castration is one of the most common operations performed in veterinary practice. Providing the dog is in good health and aftercare protocols are followed, serious complications are extremely uncommon. However, despite being a routine surgery, minor to major complications can occur and it is important that you are aware of them.
A special mention – Rottweilers
There is some evidence to show that rottweilers are at an increased risk of bone cancer (osteosarcoma) after castration.
What should I expect after the procedure?
Your dog will go home the same day as the surgery and will be given a buster collar or medishirt to prevent him from licking at his incision.
We will see him for a check up 3 and 10 days post surgery to make sure he has recovered from the anaesthetic and determine whether there are any complications that need addressing.