Canine Neuter FAQ


Q: What is “neutering”?

A: “Neutering” is the everyday term for surgical sterilization of a male dog. Your dog’s testicles will be surgically removed through an incision in the scrotum.


Q: What does the procedure involve?

A: At Byron Center Animal Hospital, we will neuter your dog in a completely sterile environment to prevent infection, with a licensed technician monitoring his vital signs closely throughout the surgery. We will use the highest quality absorbable suture to close the incision. Your dog will spend the day at the hospital with us under close supervision and monitoring. Once he is up and walking, usually by the afternoon, we will discharge him and he will complete his recovery in the comfort of his own home.


Q: Is the procedure painful?

A: Yes! At Byron Center Animal Hospital, we aim to minimize the discomfort your dog feels. We will provide pre-surgical pain relief so he awakens from surgery comfortably. We will also send home pain medication for your dog to have for up to 5 days after surgery. This will ensure he recovers with as little discomfort as possible.


Q: What are the physical benefits of neutering my dog?

A: An intact male’s prostate continually grows throughout his life, which can cause discomfort and complications as he ages. Neutering causes the prostate to shrink to an insignificant size and prevents these complications. It also prevents certain types of hernias and tumors of the testicles and anus.


Q: What are the behavioral benefits of neutering my dog?

A: An intact male has breeding on the brain – neutering him stops those hormonal surges so that he is better able to socialize and concentrate on tasks and commands. Those same hormonal surges can cause an intact male to behave aggressively and in an unpredictable manner. A neutered dog’s desire to roam is usually eliminated. He is much less likely to urine mark and easier to housetrain.


Q: How long will it take my dog to recover?

A: While your dog may feel like nothing happened the day after surgery, it is essential to keep him quiet for 5-7 days after surgery to allow the incision to heal completely.


Q: Where can I go for more information about neutering my dog?

A: We know there are many questionable resources on the internet. A reputable website with many articles written by veterinary professionals is www.veterinarypartner.com. We would also be happy to answer any questions you may have.