The Benefits of Neutering Your Male Pet
Routine neuters usually take under 45 minutes (even less time for cats) to complete. An incision is made just in front of the scrotum, through which the testicles are removed. The stalks are tied off and cut. Then, the incision is closed.
- Neutering reduces the risk of prostate cancer and eliminates the possibility of testicular cancer.
- Males neutered at a young age are less likely to develop dominance or aggression-related behavior problems. If you wait, this behavior may not fully resolve after the procedure has been done (the behavior may become ‘learned’).
- Neutering relieves your male pet of the constant urge to seek out and mate with a female in heat.
Neutered dogs are much less expensive to license than unneutered (intact; unfixed) dogs – you’ll save $76 EACH AND EVERY YEAR!
- Neutering help ease the problem of pet over-population.
We recommend male pets be neutered as soon as possible after they are five or six months old. For some pets we may recommend you wait – please ask for more information.
What to Expect
On the day before the surgery:
- We’ll call you to remind you of the appointment.
- Do not give your pet anything to eat or drink after about 10 pm that night.
On the day of the surgery:
- Drop your pet off between 8 am and 8:15 am. (If you’re running late, please call to let us know.)
- We’ll call you when the surgery is done to let you know a time after which you can pick your pet up. Pets do not stay overnight, so the pick-up time will be in the mid-afternoon, although we don’t close until 6 pm so you have until then to pick up.
- When you come, we’ll give you after-care instructions and answer any questions you may have.
- For payment we accept cash and all major credit/debit cards, but not checks.
In the days after the surgery:
- Follow the take-home instructions that we give you when you pick up.
- Make sure your pet does not run, jump or lick at the incision for at least 10 days.
- Do not bathe your pet or let her go swimming for at least 10 days.
- Give the pain medicine we give you as prescribed.
- You don’t have to come back to have the sutures removed (unless we tell you), but if the incision looks strange or you’re worried for any reason, call us right away. Incision rechecks are free!
Before getting your pet fixed, make sure the facility they use take all of these very important safety precautions. Many low cost facilities do not, to save time and money.
- Pre-surgical exam by experienced veterinarian.
- Modern anesthetic protocols.
- IV catheter INCLUDED – essential in the event of emergency.
- IV fluids INCLUDED – to ensure proper hydration throughout the procedure.
- Proper intubation – essential to maintain an airway.
- Sterilized equipment that is NOT re-used between patients!
- Sophisticated monitoring equipment: pulse, temperature, oxygen saturation, blood pressure and EKG are all recorded.
- Antibiotic injection INCLUDED.
- Pain medication INCLUDED.
- Recovery from anesthesia actively monitored.
Note: to reduce the risk of contagious disease, all pets must be up-to-date on their vaccines. We can administer booster vaccines after surgery, but we will not neuter pets that have never been vaccinated.
What if my pet only has one testicle?
If a dog has one or more undescended testicles, he is said to be ‘cryptorchid’. Neutering of cryptorchid dogs is particularly important, because undescended testicles can become cancerous, or twist on their stalks and cause life-threatening inflammation.
Neutering of cryptorchid dogs is more complicated than a routine neuter because the undescended testicle(s) have to be physically located by the surgeon before they can be removed. Some exploration may be needed to find it, thus there is often an incision for each testicle. The retained testicle is sterile and under-developed. If there is one descended testicle it will be fertile, but since retaining a testicle is a hereditary trait, it is important that the male dog not be bred before he is neutered.
Cryptorchid neuters are more expensive than regular neuters by $50-$100, to reflect the extra work involved.