Does my dog need to be castrated?
Hard decision, isn’t it? To castrate or not to castrate my dog? This is the question! It all depends on the wide picture let’s say. You might never want to breed from your dog, he is showing unwanted behaviour, etc.
So lets have a look at the reasons you might want to castrate your dog:
Castration prevents unwanted or unplanned litters, therefore helps to reduce the burden on rehoming and rescue centres
Entire male dogs tend to urine mark more frequently to mark out their territory. Sometimes this can lead to inappropriate urination inside the home.
Unneutered male dogs are more likely to roam in search of a mate and can exhibit unwanted sexual behaviours due to frustration.
Testosterone related disease:
Castration significantly reduces the chance of many prostatic diseases and reduces the risk of some cancers.
Unwanted social behaviour:
Castration may help in the management of some cases of unwanted social behaviours. Always discuss your dog’s behaviour with a veterinary professional.
Okay! So what are my options?
In general vets recommend the procedure to be done at least after 6 months of age. It’s also sometimes advised to wait until maturity for male dogs, particularly of larger breeds. A dachshund, for example, should not be neutered until they’re at least 12 months old, and you should think carefully about doing it at all. Neutering could increase a dachshund’s risk of Intervertebral Disc Disease (IVDD), especially if done before they are fully mature.
There are two ways of castrating a male dog:
Surgical Procedure – non reversible
Procedure itself is a day procedure, you pet will be usually admitted in the morning . The castration as surgery takes less than half hour normally, being a minor invasive procedure. It is done under General Anaesthesia, recovery time depends on individual, some dogs being on their feet after 5 minutes, some might take up to an hour to recovery well. The vet will choose to keep under observation for longer anyway.
The procedure is irreversible, with a back to normal time expected within 10-14 days.
Non Surgical – hormonal implant, reversible option
Hormonal implants(Deslorelin) are used in dogs in order to induce temporary infertility. Treated dogs will become infertile after about 6 weeks and remain so for about 6 months or more. If a new implant is provided every 6 months, then permanent infertility can be achieved. Occasionally a dog which has received a hormonal implant will mate and tie with a bitch in season. This mating will be very unlikely to result in fertilisation and pregnancy.
WHY WOULD I NOT WANT TO SURGICALLY CASTRATE MY DOG?
You may not be sure how surgical castration will affect your dog.
You may not want your dog to undergo a general anaesthetic.
You might have several male dogs in the household and want to breed from one or another at different times.
You could be training a dog and want the behavioural beneﬁts but not know whether you will want to breed from them at a later date.
If still uncertain, I would suggest to book an appointment to see what the best option is for you and your dog.
Either a Telemedicine video call , or if strongly considering other, non surgical options , then maybe we can have a face to face meeting and go from there.