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Dog Castration Procedure

Dog Castration or Neutering is the most effective way to control the population of dogs, and can also offer other benefits such as preventing certain medical issues, as well as behavior issues like aggressive behavior towards other dogs, and people. Most veterinarians can do this procedure quickly and at relatively small cost to the dog owner. Below some of the most commonly asked questions about Dog Castration are answered by Experts.

What are the options when it comes to neutering a male canine?

Typically the main method used by almost all veterinarians is surgical castration. This is a common surgery, and is normally done in one day with a few post op medications, and stitches that do not normally need removed.

What can be done to prevent one male un-neutered dog that is being kept for breeding purposes, from mounting another male neutered dog?

In most cases this could be seen as an attempt to establish dominance, and to get attention both from the other dog and the owner of the dogs. Castration would be the most obvious answer, and also the best answer in order to keep both animals in a happy and healthy environment. However, if this is absolutely not an option, then behavioral training would be in order. Use eye contact when it shows unwanted behavior, then take the animal away firmly, and show it no attention at all. Another tactic could be putting small rocks or coins in a plastic bottle to make a loud rattle, then when unwanted actions arise, throw the bottle near the dog to distract it then call the dog over, when it follows the order then show the animal positive attention, so that it will associate stopping the action with positive attention.

What age is castration advised for a dog that is responding to training and shows no signs of bad habits?

Typically castration should happen around six months of age, in order to prevent bad habits from forming.

What could cause a neutered male to attack a ten month old un-neutered male on several occasions with no apparent cause?

In some cases the older dog could be sensing the younger dog’s sexual maturity, and subsequently feeling threatened. Therefore, the older dog is attempting to establish dominance over the younger dog. Castration of the younger dog could fix this problem, and a muzzle on the aggressive dog could prevent unwanted trips to the vet. Spraying the aggressor with a water pistol could be beneficial; along with rewarding positive actions in order to help to prevent more of this type of negative behavior.

What could cause constipation and skin irritation in a seven year old in a neutered dachshund?

Typically the constipation could be an enlarged prostate, (which is common in this breed). This could be helped by both castration and medication to ease the dog’s pain. As for the hair loss, this could be an allergic reaction to the dog’s food, fleas, or even pollen, and may be stopped by using a hypoallergenic food, along with Benadryl (1mg per pound of the dog every 12 hours).

Dog castration has a long list of pros and cons here are a few of them; Pros: the prevention of unwanted and feral puppies, to reduce genetic diseases, as well as testicular and testosterone caused diseases and disorders. Cons include: weight disorders, loss of breeding value, reduced muscle mass, and increased bone formation during development due to delayed growth plates, laziness, and the price of the veterinary procedure are also factors. The subject of dog castration brings with it questions and who better to inquire into these questions than the Experts.

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