Dog Neuter Surgery, From Start to Finish

What you need to know about this important procedure for male dogs.

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Border CollieYou recently brought home a wonderful male puppy, and now you need to bring him to a veterinarian for neuter surgery. What will happen during the procedure? How long will your puppy be gone? And most importantly, will he feel pain?

We've enlisted several animal welfare organizations including the Humane Society of the United States, the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and the American Veterinary Medical Associationto answer all the questions you may have about this important procedure. For additional information, please talk to your veterinarian.

When should I neuter my dog

  • Between 4 and 6 months of age; however, veterinarians can alter an animal of any age.
  • Some shelters and veterinarians perform juvenile or early-age neuter at 8 to 16 weeks of age.

What are the benefits of neutering my dog?

  • Helps prevent unwanted litters
  • Decreases your dogs chance of developing testicular cancer, prostate disease and infections
  • Decreases your dogs chance of escaping while in search of a mate
  • Decreases the incidence of negative behaviors such howling, inappropriate urination, territoriality and aggression

What happens during neuter surgery?

  • Your veterinarian sedates your dog and puts him under general anesthesia.
  • The attending staff monitors his breathing and heart rate.
  • The surgeon makes a small incision in the front (toward your dogs head) of the scrotum.
  • Each testicle is removed and the blood supply and vas deferens (spermatic cord) are tied off.
  • The veterinarian closes the incision with surgical glue or sutures.

Is the surgery painful?

  • Your dog feels no pain while under general anesthesia, during and immediately following the procedure.
  • Talk to your veterinarian about pain medication for post-operative discomfort.

Are there any risks associated with the surgery?

  • Neuter surgery is not invasive; however, some risk accompanies any procedure that involves anesthesia.
  • Your veterinarian takes many precautions to ensure your dogs safety during the procedure.
  • Pre-anesthesia blood work assesses your dogs liver and kidney function, because these organs break down and remove anesthesia from the body after surgery.

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Gwen   Salyersville, Kentucky

12/28/2013 2:36:43 PM

I had my 8 year old sh-itzu neutered in August , they did laser surgery which was suppose to be less painful. He has had 2 spots a little above (where his testicles used to be) swollen and infected, I have taken him back to vet around 8 to 10 times he has been on shots, pills and liquids for over 3 months now. He still has seeping and infection running out. they had put staples in him and did not tell me . we just had them removed 6 weeks ago . I want my baby to get better and I don,t know what to do any help or comments welcome.

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sandy   Port Henry, New York

5/21/2013 1:21:32 PM

Had my Yorkshire terrier neuter in Aug of 09 he was 6 months old at the time to this day he rides his stuff toys 3 to 4 times a day ( did not do this before he was neuter ) he has discharge come out each time, my vet told me my dog was just over sexed. OMG can some one help me here.

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Denise   Pennsauken, New Jersey

9/23/2012 5:00:31 PM

I had my dog neutered on Sept. 20th. He has been having seizures sense. I am so distraught over this. Do they understand how much these animals mean to us as dog owners. The very reason I did this for my pet, may be the very thing that takes his life. He is a 9 year old miniature Schnauzer!

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Janet   Hampton, VA

4/16/2012 7:11:55 AM

PLEASE HELP ME, My 7 year old chi was neutered a week ago and had a cyst removed, ever since he has been awful, Growling at me, does not want to go outside, he is eating and drinking, using the bathroom ok. I also think he is allergic to something blooming. His pain meds are matacam and I give him a 1/2 tsp of benedryl. I miss my dog!!! He is my baby, his whole personality has changed. When can I expect him to get back to his sweet loving self?

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