Neutering is a surgical procedure that sterilizes your dog, making them unable to have puppies. If you are considering neutering your dog and would like to learn more before making the decision, you are in the right place. Below we highlight the things you should know before neutering your dog.

What Is The Procedure Like?

Neutering is a simple procedure. Your veterinarian will put your dog under anesthesia, then make a small incision in front of the scrotum from which they will remove the testes. The incision may require stitches, in which case your dog will need an Elizabethan or cloud collar to prevent them from licking and infected the areas. The healing time will take approximately two weeks. 

What Are The Benefits Of Neutering Your Dog?

There are many benefits to neutering your puppy, such as cutting the risk of diseases, bad behavior, and preventing the potential for conflict with other dogs. 

The most commonly known benefit of neutering your dog is that they won’t be able to have children and contribute to the pet overpopulation problem seen all over the world. Thousands of dogs are euthanized every year due to overpopulation in shelters, which makes neutering very important and a procedure you should consider for your dog.

What To Expect After Surgery

The neutering procedure is simple and can take anywhere from five to ten minutes, depending on his size and age. 

  • Your dog can go home after the procedure. 
  • Your dog may be nauseous and not eat for one to two days after the procedure. There is no need to be concerned and they should resume normal eating and drinking habits within a few days.
  • Your dog’s scrotum will be sore and swollen for a few days after surgery. 
  • If your veterinarian used stitches, then you can expect to take your dog back to the office to have them removed after about seven to ten days, depending on the materials used.

Things To Look Out For After Surgery

While neutering is a simple procedure that has been carried out for many years, sometimes, there may be a problem during the healing process which can be rectified when caught early. 

  • If you notice that there is discharge from the incision, you’ll want to alert your veterinarian immediately. 
  • If you notice that your dog is in excessive pain, it is important that you let your veterinarian know. It is not a usual occurrence for dogs to need pain medication, but it is also not unheard of. 

If you are interested in having your dog neutered, contact us at Hofmann Veterinary Clinic. We know that your dog is a big part of your family, and we treat them with the same care that we would treat you with.