Information regarding the castration of dogs

Castration of Dogs

Castration of dogs,  is the surgical removal of the testicles. This procedure is carried out in a minor operation under a general anaesthetic. Dogs are normally dropped off in the morning and collected later that day. The castration of dogs can be carried out from the age of 6 months.

There are many reasons for carrying out castration on male dogs, including the medical reasons above.

Here are a few of the other reasons people have their dogs castrated.

  • Population control – Many unwanted dogs and puppies are destroyed each year from litters born as a result of un-wanted mating’s.
  • Testicular tumours, enlargement of the prostate, anal tumours, cryptorchidism.
  • Behaviour issues – such as lack of obedience, possessiveness over toys, food etc., territorial behaviour, aggression, escaping to find receptive female dogs.

Research shows that following a dog’s castration; changes in behaviour can take different times. Some will respond in 2 weeks, the remainder within 6 months.

The operation for castration involves a sedative including painkillers, antibiotics, a general anaesthetic and surgical removal of the testes for male dogs.

Patients are often sent home with painkillers (approx £12) to start the next day along with complimentary recovery diet after the operation.

The operation for male dogs ranges from £115 to £210.00 depending on the dog’s weight.

  • Diabetes Mellitus
  • Infections in the uterus (pyometra)
  • Testicular cancer and other diseases
  • Infectious diseases caught via fight wounds or sex
  • Seriously aggressive behaviour
  • Prostate cancer and other diseases
  • Road traffic accidents due to wandering males
  • Fight injuries

These do not just apply to dogs; both cats and rabbits apply to many of these points as well.