Your dog may not be pleased with his next veterinary appointment, especially if it's the one where he's going to be neutered. Although your dog may not appreciate it at all, your neighborhood will. It helps prevent the increase in pet population and is the responsible thing to do as a pet owner if you don't intend on mating your dog. It serves other purposes as well, it can help calm down a hyper dog and can also reduce aggressive behavior in dogs as well. If you are considering having your dog neutered, you should know what to expect during his appointment and what to expect afterward as well to better prepare yourself and your family. This is also something you should discuss with your veterinarian. Read on for helpful information.
At the time of your dog's surgery, you will most likely bring your dog in early and he will have his surgery in an office with the veterinarian. You may need to leave your dog's food and any medication he may be taking there as your dog may be left at the office throughout the entire day and even overnight if need be. Ask exactly what needs to be brought in for your dog. Be sure you talk to your family if your dog needs to be kept at the clinic overnight so there aren't any tears shed by little ones.
The actual surgery doesn't take long at all, your dog will have his testicles removed so as to prevent reproducing from happening. Although your dog will be under anesthetic, he needs to be monitored after his surgery to be sure he is functioning properly after his surgery and after anesthetic.
After surgery, you are able to pick your dog up to take him home, but he's not going to look like himself. He may be wearing a cone to help prevent him from licking his wound. He will also have stitches where his testicles once were. These stitches will need to be monitored to be sure he doesn't rip a stitch, and that he doesn't get any hard knots in the stitched area. You need to keep your dog calm for a few days after his surgery, limiting exercise and other activities to prevent injury. Your dog will most likely be sent home with instructions and medication, which you should follow. A post-surgery appointment may also be scheduled, which you need to be sure you take your dog to this appointment for a follow-up.
If you are considering having your dog neutered, talk to your veterinarian about the spaying and neutering processes.