Neutering or spaying of male dogs (male neutering for male dogs and spaying of female dogs for female dogs), is an essential step toward their overall wellbeing and will also help control shelter populations with unnecessary animals who will otherwise end up being euthanized due to limited homes available for adoption. Investing early in this decision for your pet’s wellbeing and control over unwanted population can save countless animals’ lives from becoming unnecessary casualties of shelter life and potentially lead to less euthanization cases in shelters due to lack of space!
Many pet owners question if the benefits of neutering their dogs outweigh its drawbacks. Veterinarians generally recommend neutering your male dog because intact male dogs that roam aimlessly searching for females are at a greater risk for accidents, fights with other male dogs, fights between themselves, aggression or even death. Sex hormones cause them to mark their territory with urine which leads to aggression – neutering eliminates these behaviors as well as unwanted pregnancies among female dogs.
Recovery times after neutering your dog vary; most recover relatively quickly with minimal complications. It is essential that they have access to a calm environment while recovering, such as a separate room or crate, as they may become disoriented after having gone through an operation and may damage their stitches by moving too frequently during this period.
Animals that are disoriented due to anesthesia often lick and chew at their surgical sites, which can lead to infection. An e-collar (also called a cone) should be worn at all times except while in the bath or being groomed.
Your pet should be kept on a leash to prevent running and playing that could damage their incision site, such as running into other dogs and people, until their wound has fully healed. Other animals in the house should also remain separated for two weeks following neutering; although short periods with close supervision could allow interaction.
After neutering, some fluid may accumulate in the remaining scrotal sac; this does not indicate bleeding or infection and will go away on its own. If large amounts of bloody fluids or signs of injury such as vomiting and diarrhea appear, consult your vet immediately.
Though your pet should become calmer after having been neutered, it’s still important to monitor them for signs of discomfort or pain. Shaking, drooling or hiding could indicate discomfort that needs alleviating by giving any medication prescribed by their vet. Baywood Animal Hospital can assist you should you have any inquiries or queries about how their recovery has gone; we would be more than happy to assist.