My 2 male dogs (Spotty and Loofy) were castrated 2 days ago. Since then, I’ve been spending more time caring for them. Both dogs have responded very differently to the surgery.
Spotty was the weaker dog. He was unconscious within minutes of receiving the anesthesia. On the first day of the surgery, he refused to eat and drink after waking up. He was restless, weak, breathing heavy and in a lot of pain. At times, he whimpered and barked. On the second day, his appetite resumed. He was whimpering and I could see he was still in pain. He didn’t eat and drink much. Today (third day), he’s much better and wagged his tail upon seeing me. That probably meant the pain has subsided. His appetite is improving. That’s a good sign.
Loofy was the tougher dog. It took 2 anesthetic injections to knock him out. After waking up from surgery, he ate and drank a little. He couldn’t move much, but he wagged his tail and looked at me with his eyes wide open. His breathing was heavy, so I knew he was in pain. On the second day, his appetite was almost back to normal. Today, he was active and seemed to be his normal self. This dog certainly has a high tolerance for pain. He doesn’t look like he’s just been castrated!
I decided to have my dogs castrated because they were constantly jumping over the fence and straying in search of bitches. It’s also annoying to see them humping each other.
In summary, here are the benefits of castrating male dogs:
– overcomes inappropriate sexual behaviours, such as mounting other dogs of the same sex, people and objects
– prevents straying
– reduces dominance and aggression behaviours
– reduces health problems caused by male hormone: no risk of testicular cancer, lower risk of prostate problems, prevents certain anal tumours and hernia.