Dog neutering, Sterilization, castration

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Dogs are prolific by nature. A healthy female dog can give birth many times during its life, bringing into the world half a dozen puppies each time. However, the possibilities to find a good home are a lot more limited, so it is necessary to reduce the number of potential breeder dogs through the sterilization. If it is practiced on the male or the female dog, you will not only prevent undesired pregnancies, but also some conduct problems and organic diseases.Dog Collars

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FEMALE DOG CASTRATION

The uterus and the ovaries are usually extirpated at once either when the dog is five months old or when three months after its last heat. If a female dog has given birth, you can castrate it when it has stopped producing milk. Despite the big cut on the abdomen, this is a very safe surgery and the dogs usually recover very quickly

 

The ova hysterectomy is convenient for the females that won't breed for many reasons:

  • With age, female dogs are more likely to have uterine infections, especially if they have never bred and then the hysterectomy is inevitable. But extirpating an infected uterus is a lot more dangerous, even worst when the dog is very old.
  • Castration avoids the psychological pregnancies and their complications, a very common problem in many female dogs.
  • It also avoids the harassment of the male dogs, that literally pursuit the female's house while they're in heat and also avoids the risk of the family growing if we are not careful enough.
  • Castration is the safest way to control heat. Most of the medications used for this purpose increase the risk of contracting uterine infections in the future.
  • Accidental mating can have serious consequences if the female dog is too old.
  • If the dog gets castrated when it is still young, the risk of getting breast cancer reduces notably.

Even when the castration has only few side effects, they exist:

  • Sometimes you may notice changes of conduct in the castrated female dog, but they are usually for better. dog grooming harness
  • The age can produce progressive incontinence of the castrated dogs caused by the weakness of the urinary bladder sphincter, but this problem is not very frequent and gets a lot better with medication.
  • The female dog can suffer an increment of its appetite after the castration and easily gain weight, but if you regularly check on its weight and you make the necessary adjustments to its diet, there would be no weight problems.

MALE DOG CASTRATION

The extirpation of the testicles helps to solve many conduct problems in male dogs. Sometimes, it is convenient to supply certain medications with similar effect to castration (chemical castration), even when it will be only temporarily, before the surgery, to make sure that the castration will have the expected effects on the conduct, but that should be decided by the veterinary. The advantages of the castration on a male dog are the following:

  • The non castrated male dog usually runs away from the house to follow the smell of female dogs in the heat.
  • It is more probable that they will develop aggressive conducts and try to turn themselves into the dominant individual of the family pack when they are not castrated.
  • The male dogs that only attack other males usually decrease their aggressive conduct after the castration.
  • Many male dogs use to cover people's legs, puppets, cushions or pillows. This conduct usually disappears or at least decreases, after the surgery.
  • The custom of raising the paw to urinate in order to mark the territory, totally natural in the non castrated dogs, is reduced with castration.
  • A castrated male dog is safe from prostrate problems, from testicle tumors and from those tumors that can only develop in the presence of masculine hormones.

The castration produces similar side effects on the male and the female dogs (more tendencies to gain weight, for example) in any case, not very serious as a general rule. Even when there are veterinarians that only castrate a male dog when it has already begun to present conduct problems; there are others that prefer castrating them when they are still puppies as a preventive measure.

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