Dog Castration

Castration (Orchiectomy) in Dogs

Castration is the surgical removal of the testicles. Such surgery is performed to eliminate sexual activities and render the dog sterile. Castration usually (but not always) reduces a dog's tendency to roam and fight. The general level of aggression may also be reduced. However, castration is not a replacement for obedience training by the owner.

In older dogs, castration may be necessary due to diseases of the testicles or prostate gland. Your pet will be given a preoperative physical examination to help ensure its safety during anesthesia and surgery. Medication for discomfort is available at an additional cost at your request. An injection for pain during surgery adds a fee of $21.92-$27.32. The fee for pain medication to be sent home varies according to your pet’s weight. Recovery is generally uneventful, and the aftercare is minimal. No suture removal is necessary. The suture material breaks down as the incision heals.

Home Care
  1. Exercise: Restrict your pet's activity to on-leash walking for 2-3 days.
  2. Incision: Check the incision at least once daily. Report any abnormalities to the doctor.
  3. Notify the Doctor if Any of the Following Occur: 
    • Your pet chews or damages the incision.
    • Your pet seems depressed or refuses to eat.
    • The incision is red or swollen, or oozes pus or blood.