Puppy Castration or “Neutering”
[wp-svg-icons icon=”question” wrap=”i”] So what is involved from start to finish?
At Apple Creek Animal Hospital, we perform a pre-surgical examination 1 week prior to your scheduled surgery date. We will assess for things such as congenital hernias, and retained puppy teeth, and also discuss pre-anesthetic blood work with you. Castration surgeries are a day procedure, no need for overnight stay. However, because we do perform a full general anesthetic, we take every precaution to make it as safe as possible and comfortable for your puppy. We give a sedative, pain medication and we always place all patients on intravenous fluids prior to the anesthetic. We always have a veterinarian watching the anesthetic along with state of the art technology to monitor vital signs. The castration surgery is done in a sterile manner and involves a small 1-2.5 cm incision just in front of the scrotum. From this incision the major blood vessels are clamped off from the testes and the testes removed. The incision is then closed with absorbable suture material under the skin, such that there are no exposed sutures. Once out of surgery and in recovery additional pain medication is given to keep him comfortable, and pain medication is also sent home for 5 days. At home you may notice some swelling, bruising, and redness of the incision and the scrotum. He may be interested in licking the incision. Licking will lead to an infected incision, so we typically will send home an Elizabethan collar from him to wear. He may also be somewhat quiet for the evening of the surgery, but will likely bounce back the next day as if nothing happened.