To provide the highest quality care for your pet, the staff at Rush Animal Care Clinic feels that you should be fully informed about the procedure, risks, and benefits involved with castration. Please feel free to ask any questions you may have concerning today’s procedure.
- Prior to surgery, your pet will receive an injection that is both a sedative and analgesic .
- The surgical procedure involves the removal of both testicles through an incision ahead of the scrotum on dogs, or on the scrotum in the case of cats. Dissolving sutures are placed in the underlying tissue and underneath the skin. Surgical glue is used to close the incision in dogs. With cats, the scrotum is allowed to close naturally.
- Your pet is allowed to rest and his vitals are closely monitored. He will be discharged when he is able to walk without assistance.
Possible Complications and Side Effects:
- Anesthesia complications, such as prolonged recovery, vomiting, diarrhea, drop in or loss of appetite, organ impairment or dysfunction, death
- Delayed wound healing
- Suture abscesses
- Wound infection
- Self-inflicted trauma to the wound
- Hemorrhage (caused by ruptured vessels)
- Weight gain (a change in metabolism may occur due to the absence of circulating hormones)
***Please be aware that all undesirable behaviors are not hormonally driven***
- May aid in calming temperament
- May make him less likely to roam or fight
- Decreased incidence of perianal tumors
- Decreased probability of prostate enlargement
- May reduce likelihood of prostate infections and prostate cancer
Following the surgical procedure we will do a laser treatment on the incision. This is a non-surgical treatment applied to the surgical area. It helps reduce inflammation, thus shortening healing time and reducing post-operative discomfort. The treatment causes no discomfort to your pet. Often this will allow us to reduce pain medication.