Canine Neuter FAQ What Are the Health Benefits to the Dog? There are several health benefits to neutering. One of the most important concerns the prostate gland,which under the influence of testosterone will gradually enlarge over the course of the dog's life. In old age, it is likely to become uncomfortable, possibly being large enough to interfere with defecation. The prostate under the influence of testosterone is also predisposed to infection, which is almost impossible to clear up without neutering. Neutering causes the prostate to shrink into insignificance, thus preventing both prostatitis as well as the uncomfortable benign hyperplasia (enlargement) that occurs with aging. It is often erroneously held that neutering prevents prostate cancer but this is not true. Other health benefits of neutering include the prevention of certain types of hernias and tumors of the testicles and anus. Neutering also reduces excessive preputial discharge. What Behavioral Changes Can Be Expected after Neutering? The only behavior changes that are observed after neutering relate to behaviors influenced by male hormones. Playfulness, friendliness, and socialization with humans are not changed. The behaviors that change are far less desirable. The interest in roaming is eliminated in 90% of neutered dogs. Aggressive behavior against other male dogs is eliminated in 60% of neutered dogs. Urine marking is eliminated in 50% of neutered male dogs. Inappropriate mounting is eliminated in 70% of neutered dogs. What Exactly Is Done Surgically? An incision is made, generally just forward from the scrotum. The testicles are removed through this incision. The stalks are tied off and cut. Castration is achieved. If the testicles are not removed, the desirable benefits listed above cannot be achieved. The skin incision may or may not have stitches. What Can I Expect upon Discharge from the Hospital? The scrotum is often swollen in the first few days after surgery, leading some people to wonder if the procedure was really performed. If the dog is immature at the time of neutering, the empty scrotum will flatten out as he grows. If he is mature at the time of neuter, the empty scrotum will remain as a flap of skin. Sometimes the incision is mildly bruised but this is not unduly sore for the dog and pain relief is almost never necessary post neuter. Most male dogs are eager to play by the day after surgery but to keep the incision intact; it is best to restrict the dog from boisterous activity. At What Age Can Neutering Be Performed? Neutering can be performed at any age over age 8 weeks. Dogs neutered before puberty (generally age 6 months) tend to grow a bit bigger than dogs neutered after puberty (testosterone is involved in causing bones to stop growing, so without testosterone the bones stop growing later). Neutering can also be performed in the geriatric patient should the prostate gland become enlarged and the best medical decision is to shrink it. In this event, preanesthetic blood work and other diagnostics relevant to anesthetizing an older patient would be recommended. The traditional age for neutering is around 6 months of age and many veterinarians still recommend neutering at this age. The benefits of neutering (both health and behavioral) can still be obtained regardless of the age at which neutering is performed. Will He Get Over-Weight or Lethargic? Activity level and appetite do not change with neutering. A male dog should not gain weight or become less interested in activity post neuter. Will he Still Be Interested in Females? His interest will be reduced but if he is around a female dog in heat, he will become aroused by her. Mounting behavior often has roots in the expression of dominance and may be expressed by a neutered male in a variety of circumstances that are not motivated by sexuality. What if a Dog Has an Undescended Testicle? Undescended testicles have an increased tendency to grow tumors over descended testicles. They may also twist on their stalks and cause life-threatening inflammation. For these reasons, neutering is recommended for dogs with undescended testicles. This procedure is more complicated than a routine neuter; the missing testicle can be under the skin along the path it should have descended to the scrotum or it may be inside the abdomen. Some exploration may be needed to find it thus there is often an incision for each testicle. The retained testicle is sterile and under-developed. If there is one descended testicle, this one will be fertile, but since retaining a testicle is a hereditary trait it is important that the male dog not be bred before he is neutered.
LATEST NEWS July 20, 2004 Grant, FDA approval to advance SNAP dog sterilization technique Allison Wollam Houston Business Journal The recent FDA approval of Neutersol and the receipt of a $93,780 grant from PetsMart Charities is enabling Houston's Spay-Neuter Assistance Program to incorporate the use of injections to sterilize male dogs. Initially, 5,000 male dogs will be sterilized by SNAP free of charge at its Houston clinic. Neutersol is the first and only FDA-approved injectable product for sterilizing male dogs. Dr. Jim Weedon, director of operations for SNAP, says he is confident that Neutersol offers true benefits to animals and the community because it does not require specialized surgical facilities or equipment and its use eliminates the risk of general anesthesia and post-surgical complications. He adds that non-surgical sterilization is less expensive than surgery, which means SNAP's resources can be used to sterilize more animals. Patty Finch, manager of charitable giving for PetsMart Charities, says SNAP was given the grant because using a non-surgical sterilant is the latest technology available to sterilize mass quantities of animals.
Now if they can do that for the girl's too.......I wouldnt have to cry thinking about my pup going in to have her insides ripped out. Not fair for the girls! But glad to hear it for the boys.. lots less unwanted pups!
Well, looks like you already looked it up ltlgto. That is about what I heard on the news, and what the letter said that I got from Snap. Snap is supposed to a whole town near where I live in the next few days. They have a real problem with strays, and dogs that are allowed to run loose.
My son is attending the UTI Bodyshop school in N. Houston. I spent July taking him, his stuff and towing his Austin Mini there from SW Washington. 6200 miles round trip (after I had to drive back to Vernon? to pick up his car that broke down and back to Houston).
That sounds like fun. So what made you think I live near Houston. Was Houston mentioned in the story about the male neutering. I did not read all of it, since I had already read the letter from SNAP. Ah-Ha....... I went back and read it. "houston clinic"
Get TFTD ltlgto!!!! Ace is getting fixed soon (Summer, too!) and I've been pretty nervous about it. That answered lots of questions!!!! **Kris, Abby, Ace & Summer Ace: http://www.dogster.com/?41494 Abby: http://www.dogster.com/?50370 Summer: http://www.dogster.com/?7041 "I once decided not to date a guy because he wasn't excited to meet my dog. I mean, this was like not wanting to meet my mother." Bonnie Schacter
Again, yet another awesome article. The only thing I think that article is missing, is that unaltered male dogs can be so focused on a dog that is heat where they can smell it (and they can smell a female in heat from up to 1/2 a mile away) that they will go off their food, loose weight, and be utterly distracted and focused on getting away to mate with that dog.