You’ve just welcomed a male puppy and the idea of having him neutered divides your family members…
But what does this intervention consist of and what benefits does it offer?
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The principle of castration
Surgical castration involves removing the dog’s testicles. This painless act for the animal is definitive. It will no longer be able to reproduce and will no longer secrete testosterone. These sexual hormones are at the origin of certain undesirable behaviours and act on the dog’s metabolism. Deposited on an empty stomach at the veterinarian’s, anti-inflammatory drugs and antibiotics will be prescribed after the operation. Kept under observation for a few hours, you can pick him up in the evening. He will have to wear a collar. The stitches will be removed about ten days later. A budget of 150 to 200 euros should be planned depending on the weight of the individual. For best results, spaying should be done before your dog reaches puberty, before the hormones rise. In small dogs, it is performed between 6 and 8 months of age. For large dogs, between 8 and 10 months. Castration from a very young age prevents the dog from taking on bad automatisms such as untimely marking, overlapping between congeners or simulating the sexual act on his bed or on yourself. Castration can be performed at any age after a blood test and a complete examination of your pet.
The advantages of castration
No more fighting with the other males. Lack of continuous marking. His urine and hair will no longer have an unpleasant smell. Disappearance of runaways if your dog smells a female dog in heat. A calmer, more balanced companion. Protection against prostate and testicular tumours and perianal hernias. It’s a solution against canine overpopulation. A neutered dog will not be stolen to be sold for breeding. Unfortunately, this kind of trafficking is on the rise.
The disadvantages of castration
Weight gain. To avoid it, it will be necessary either to reduce his daily ration, or to provide a low-fat food specially adapted to the neutered dog. Regular physical activity is essential to help him keep his weight in shape. Your dog’s energy requirements will drop by around 20%.
Owners of first and second category dogs are obliged to have their dogs neutered (law of January 1999). Any male monorchid (only one testicle in place) or cryptorchid (no testicle in place) should be castrated, as there is a high risk of developing a tumour. Castration does not solve all behavioural problems. If your dog suffers from phobia, anxiety, hyperactivity, barks repeatedly or is aggressive with you, a behaviourist should be consulted to assess the situation and take appropriate action. If you adopt a dog from SPA he will be castrated or sterilized. If he is too young at the time of adoption, you will be obliged to bring him back to the legal age for this operation.
Chemical castration of the dog
If one of your family members is resistant to surgical castration, you may choose to chemical castration . It’s a temporary solution. Two processes will be proposed to you:
Placement of an implant. The implant continuously releases hormones that stop the production of testosterone for 6 to 12 months. By direct injection of hormones. Effect felt between 3 and 6 months.
The price is between 70 euros and 100 euros knowing that each practitioner sets his own rates.
If you just don’t want your dog to reproduce any more, you can choose sterilization (or vasectomy), which consists of ligating the vas deferens that leads sperm to the penis.
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