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Desexing Male Dogs


We understand why you would be hesitant in desexing your male dog, and why this conversation may be a tough one. However, the medical pros of desexing him far outweigh your opinion of what he might look like after!


Reasons for desexing your male dog:

  • Your dog is also less likely to suffer complications associated with the prostate, including cancer, infections or enlargementand hernias associated with testosterone
  • Reduces territorial behaviour: castrated dogs also tend to be less distressed if confined and roam less when there are female dogs on heat
  • Desexed pets live longer


What happens when my dog comes in for desexing?

  • We recommend desexing between the ages of 6 and 18 months of age, depending on the size of your pet.
  • A general anaesthetic is given so your dog will need to be fasted from 8 pm the evening before. The anaesthetic can cause drowsiness for 24 hours after the surgery.
  • Desexing is a day procedure – your dog will come into the clinic in the morning and go home the same afternoon.
  • If your dog has not already had a pre-anaesthetic blood test, we will recommend the test is performed on the day before the procedure. When the tests come back and all is acceptable, your dog will then be anaesthetised.
  • Your dog will be placed on a gas anaesthetic – allowing for accurate monitoring, anaesthetic, and oxygen delivery. After we clip and prepare the surgical area, both testicles are removed through a small incision in front of the scrotum.
  • Pain relief is given at the time of the surgery and extra pain relief can be arranged if your dog needs it.
  • Stitches will remain in the skin for 10 days and after this time will be removed by our nursing staff.
  • It is important that the sutures stay dry and clean for the duration – this means no bathing or swimming until they come out.
  • The dog is not allowed to lick the stitches – an Elizabethan collar or bitterant spray is sometimes required.
  • The stitches should be checked daily to make sure the wound is not swollen, hot, red or weeping. If you are concerned, the dog must be brought in for it to be checked.
  • It is really important that the dog stays quiet and inactive whilst the stitches are in place. If the dog is too active, it can prevent the wound from healing and cause complications.

Are there any dangers associated with the operation?

All anaesthetics face a risk. However, with today’s modern anaesthetics, pre-blood testing, and monitoring equipment, the risk of a complication is very low.

What post-operative precautions I should take?

Restrict exercise, preferably by confining your dog for four to five days after surgery. Dogs that normally have active lifestyles may risk stretching their wound or damaging their stitches if allowed to excessively exercise too soon. After 10–14 days your dog may start to return to his normal exercise routine and/or active lifestyle. Until then your dog should only have on-lead walks with no running, jumping or swimming.

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