Much the same arguments hold for castration as for spaying. Generally, it is done to make males stay home. Those that congregate around the abode of a bitch come home torn or punctured with tooth marks from the frequent cases attending these encounters. These wanderers are brought home by the dog wardens, who collect their fees. They are expensive dogs. Castration usually alters their wandering habits because the sex urge is often the cause of it.
There are many other reasons for castrating dogs. Dogs of breeds whose members tend to become vicious with age are often rendered gentle and lovable when castrated when they are young. Castration also tends to prevent a good deal of male territorial wetting and thus saves shrubbery.
Whether or not castration will cause dogs who are chronic wanderers to settle down and stay home is a moot question. It has had that effect in numerous instances but has produced no diminution of the wandering tendency in others. It is worth a try, however, if your choice is either to alter the dog or dispose of it.
It seems to be the opinion of many people that dogs should not be spayed or castrated because copulation is essential to health. This is not the case. Any dog, whether whole, spayed, or castrated, is just as healthy if it is never bred as those that are used for breeding. Considering the risks of pregnancy, birth, and disease, a female’s chances for longer life are greater. And as for males, only a small percentage ever copulate in their whole life. This is true of many species, not of our pet dog alone.
Castration is elective and if a male is not going to be used as a stud it has great merit. What a dog doesn’t know about sex won’t hurt it dif altered at six months it will develop normally without the sex drive. An alarm, guard, or attack dog will be no less able to perform its functions and a hunting dog is no less a hunter for the surgery. If a male has been used as a stud dog and is castrated at later date may continue the sex act for years afterward although, of course, he can’t sire puppies.
Dog Castration Care
The following are the ways by which you may take care of your dog after the castration surgery.
- After the operation allow your pet dog to have ample rest. Limit his regular schedule of exercise until the stitches get entirely dry.
- You may also find the scrotum of the dog has swelled up considerably. It may swell up to such an extent that it might seem as if it has not been castrated. You are recommended to allow your dog to take rest as that is the only way to reduce the swelling.
- Do not allow your dog to scratch or lick the wound as that might lead to infection, pain, and inflammation.
To stop your pet from licking or scratching the wound you may take the help of a buster collar which will hinder your dog from doing the act.
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