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Castration of Dogs

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Q. Should I have my dog castrated?

A. Castration is a mutilation and should be carried out only after much thought. It is rarely impossible to manage an entire male dog, given detailed planning, a healthy diet and knowledge of the hazards involved. These should be discussed with your veterinary surgeon. Castration can become necessary for some medical reasons and may be necessary under certain domestic circumstances (e.g. in the case of a cryptorchid dog (retained testicle)). Of course, when seeking veterinary advice, one trusts that the vet concerned will not be affected by the potential for financial gain in performing the castration surgery.

Q. Will castration affect my dog?

A. In all but extremely rare cases, castration removes the influence of testosterone in the body. This can produce benefits, in that the dog will generally become ‘softer’ in nature and possibly more obedient. It also means that the dog will be less prone to prostate problems. However, castration may also have a negative effect on body tone, hair quality, personality, fat distribution and tendency to put on weight in certain individuals.

Q. Is it safe?

A. No surgery or anaesthesia is 100% safe. Potential complications that may occur during the procedure should be discussed with your vet.

Q. Is there an alternative to castration?

A. There is an injection (Tardak) that can help some dogs to settle without castration and which can help prostate problems. It can be sore to administer and can leave a trace of white hair at the injection site. It does usually require repetition.

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