Neutering

Why should I have my pet neutered?

Neutering should be considered if you are keeping any male dog as a pet. Tulsa County, City of Tulsa and the City of Broken Arrow, to name a few areas, all require neutering of pets.

What are the advantages of neutering my male dog?

  • Reduces the risk of prostate cancer and prostatitis
  • Reduces the risk of hormone-related diseases such as perianal adenoma
  • Eliminates the risk of testicular cancer
  • Removal of sexual urge which results in less roaming behaviors
  • Reduction of certain types of aggression

Is neutering performed for any other reason?

The operation may be performed to treat testicular tumors and some prostate gland conditions. It is also used to control hormonal (testosterone) dependent diseases. Neutering may also be used in an attempt to treat certain forms of aggression.

What are the disadvantages?

Most of the perceived disadvantages are false. The most quoted of these are that the dog will become fat, characterless, and useless as a guard. Obesity is probably the most commonly quoted disadvantage of neutering. Obesity is the result of overfeeding. By regulating your dog’s diet and caloric intake, you can prevent obesity in neutered or intact males. Neutering does not cause a change in personality, guarding instincts, intelligence, playfulness, and affection.

When should the operation be performed?

Research reveals that neutering a pet at an early age does not cause any increased risk. We recommend neutering at six months of age.

Are there any dangers associated with the operation?

Neutering is considered a major operation and requires general anesthesia. With today’s modern anesthetics and monitoring equipment, the risk of a complication is very low.

What happens when I leave my dog for this procedure?

Your pet will be examined and pre-anesthetic blood tests are usually performed. If everything is acceptable, your pet will then be anesthetized. Most pets will have an intravenous catheter placed to administer the anesthetic and to provide fluid therapy during the surgery. After your pet is anesthetized, a breathing tube will be placed in his trachea. This will allow us to deliver oxygen and the gas anesthetic. We usually use absorbable sutures so that no sutures will have to be removed.

Are there any post-operative precautions I should take?

Rest and restriction of activity are the primary post-operative care. Most dogs can resume normal activity five to ten days after surgery. Remember to leash walk your pet to avoid running while outdoors. If your pet must be alone, consider keeping him in a kennel to limit his activity while you are gone.

We perform neuters Monday-Friday. Please give us a call for questions or if you would like to make an appointment.

Veterinarians from Arrow Springs Animal Hospital 918-455-7107

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