Neutering a male patient is known as castration. We can castrate many different species, ranging from dogs and cats to rabbits, guinea pigs and ferrets. Whilst the technique is slightly different for different species the fundamental principle is the same. Both testicles are removed and the scrotal sac left behind.
We strongly recommend castration for a number of reasons: The risk of testicular cancer is eliminated, the risk of prostate disease is reduced, castration can prevent unwanted pregnancies and is therefore also responsible as an owner. It can also prevent unwanted antisocial behaviours such as mounting and humping (although if castration is left too late, these behaviours can become learnt).
Some animals have what is known as a retained testicle. This means that one testicle has not descended and is either in the abdomen or in the groin region. It is important to castrate animals with this condition as the retained testicle can often become cancerous.
When your pet comes in to us for castration they will be admitted into the hospital by one of our vets or nurses. Please see the ‘what happens when your pet has an operation’.
Post operatively, male dogs require 5 days strict rest; this includes no jumping up or down things, not allowing them upstairs, no routine walks and taking out to toilet on a lead. A buster collar must also be worn at all times. There will be a small dressing over the wound which may remain in place but is also okay if this falls off. We will see your pet back in 5 days to ensure the wound is healing well.