Everything You Need To Know About Desexing Your Dog

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Desexing or neutering a dog is an important and hard decision to make. If you do decide to go ahead with it, it can be a traumatic experience for the dog as well as the owner. Neutering demands quality skill and care if it is to be administered without further complications. So here is everything you need to know about desexing your dog so that they may have a worry-free procedure with little to no difficulties.

What is the right time to have my dog desexed?

It is usually said that the right time for neutering dogs, whether male or female, is when they are around 5 and a half to 6 months. But recently, people have started neutering them at an earlier age, usually from eight weeks and above. It is not recommended for your female dogs to be neutered when they come into season unless there is an emergency or other medical reasons, as during this time, the procedure and after-effects could be much more painful.

How are dogs desexed?

Your dog may have to spend the night before in the hospital so that necessary pre-surgery procedures can be taken like starving, blood tests to ensure that all vital organs function properly, physical examinations to check teeth, eyes, ears, nails and temperature, pre-medication to help them relax and ease their pain. All neutering procedures anesthetize your dogs first before surgery commences.For male dogs, hair in and around the scrotum is shaved off, where an incision is made, and both testes are extracted. This prevents your male dog from impregnating female dogs as the source of sperms and testosterone is removed.In female dogs, hair surrounding the abdomen is clipped, an incision is made and the ovaries and uterus are removed. This prevents her from breeding as her primary reproductive organs are extracted. Desexing also protects the female dog from any possibility of uterus infections.

Post-surgical care

After taking them home, you may notice a few changes in your dog. This is completely normal and you need not worry. For example, they may not want to eat properly or feel extremely lethargic. Do not take them out and restrict their exercise for the next one week or till his sutures are removed, which is usually in 10-14 days. They get better eventually and your dogs will be their usual selves in no time.Keep a close eye on the wounds. If you notice anything unnatural like an infection or a swelling, then please contact the vet immediately. Do not bathe your dog or get him wet till his sutures are removed. If the wounds do get wet, there is a high chance of an infection.

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