How do dogs recover from neutering?

Neutering Dogs - All You Need To Know

So much fun bringing home a fun bundle of fur. If you are teaching your pup how to sit and tickle his or her stomach, it is unlikely that the thought that he might have his own litter would even cross your mind.

However, since most dogs typically become sexually mature by around 6-7 months of age, the issue of castration will also need to be addressed. This is carried out by the veterinarian and can be medically indicated. When you visit the vet, find out about the advantages and disadvantages and, if necessary, the right time.

What is castration?

Castration is a surgical procedure that removes your dog's reproductive organs. In males this means removing the testicles, in bitches removing the ovaries and sometimes the uterus.

For male dogs, this is usually a very simple operation, but it can be a little more invasive if your dog's testicles haven't fully descended. If your dog's testicles haven't descended by 6-12 months of age, they will need to be examined by your veterinarian. There may be cryptorchidism.

In bitches, castration is always associated with opening the abdomen and is therefore more time-consuming than castration of males. If the operation is performed in a minimally invasive manner, the recovery time can be shortened.

The castration procedure can prevent health problems, but should always be discussed with the veterinarian individually and after careful consideration and consideration of the risks and consequences.

How does a castration work?

The surgery for castration is done very regularly in the practice and your pet is given an anesthetic to ensure that it does not feel any pain during the procedure.

After the surgery, your vet will give your dog pain reliever injections to relieve any discomfort after the surgery. The vets can also provide anti-inflammatory medications and pain relievers to give to your dog at home as part of aftercare.

Since the operation is usually less invasive for a male dog, he should only need medication for a shorter period of time after the operation. Bitches usually need medication for about 3 days after the operation in order to achieve a quick and pain-free recovery.

Why should I have my dog ​​neutered?

There are numerous benefits of neutering that your dog can benefit from. Since this is a surgical procedure that also involves risks, you need to consult your veterinarian extensively.

In males can

  • Risks of testicular tumors and prostate ailments are reduced
  • unwanted hormone-induced behavioral problems are less pronounced

In bitches can

  • the likelihood of developing tumors of the breasts can be reduced
  • the risk of uterine infections is reduced - pregnancy or pseudo-pregnancy does not occur

Make an appointment with your veterinarian for a castration. You may need to take your dog for a checkup before surgery.

Your vet will ask you not to feed your dog the night before the anesthetic. Provide water as usual, but take it away on the morning of the procedure to make sure he doesn't drink anything before surgery.

You will normally be asked to drop off your dog at the practice in the morning and pick him up later that day when the anesthesia has worn off.

What aftercare does my dog ​​need after neutering?

  • Just in case, stay with your dog or nearby for the first night after the operation.
  • The anesthetic used for surgery can make dogs appear a little disoriented, which results in them whimpering or crying. This shouldn't be a cause for concern, but if it continues until the next day, contact your veterinarian.
  • Give light food for the first few meals after the operation, as the stomach may be a bit sensitive.
  • You will be provided with medication from the veterinarian that you can give to your bitch to aid her recovery. These can include pain relievers, antibiotics, and anti-inflammatory drugs.
  • Keep the suggested check-ups.
  • To protect the wound and give it time to heal, prevent the dog from licking it (neck collar or T-shirt) and keep your dog on a leash until your vet gives the all clear.
  • If self-dissolving sutures are not used, your vet will advise when to pull the sutures. This is usually around 7-10 days after the procedure.

What changes can I expect after neutering?

The dog's metabolism changes due to castration and the loss of hormones. Your dog needs about 30% less energy from food. To prevent weight gain, if possible, switch to a suitable diet before the procedure and make sure you get enough exercise.

What should I watch out for if I do not neuter my dog?

Uncastrated males

  • He may be more likely to run away from home to look for a partner.
  • He can display dominant behaviors like ramming and urinating to mark his territory.

Uncastrated bitch

  • She will come into heat every six to eight months, which lasts for up to three weeks. During this time, you must be careful with any dogs in love in the area.
  • She will have bleeding that can mark the house.
  • She can get pregnant.

Caring for a litter of puppies is very cost and time intensive. It is best to leave the breeding to professional dog breeders. Now that your puppy is well on its way to becoming a teenager, be sure to check out our guide to canine youth as well. We have put together some useful tips to help you get through puberty with your puppy.

Is neutering painful for my dog?

Spaying and neutering dogs is a routine procedure in which your dog is anesthetized to make sure he doesn't feel any pain during the operation.

If you have a bitch, you can ask the vet to do what is known as "keyhole surgery". This is a less invasive procedure because only the ovaries are removed. That means less pain and the recovery period is shortened.

After the procedure, the vet will give your dog a pain reliever to prevent any postoperative pain. He will also prescribe anti-inflammatory medication and other pain relievers to give to your dog at home.

Since the procedure is much less invasive in males than in females, males are likely to be given medication for just one day. Bitches will have to take the medication for about 3 days so that they can recover from the exertion as quickly and painlessly as possible.