Male dog neutering, otherwise known as sterilisation, "fixing", desexing, castration (castrating) or by its correct veterinary name: orchiectomy (also termed gonadectomy), is the surgical removal of a male dog's testicles for the purposes of canine population control, medical health benefit, genetic-disease control and behavioral modification. All information and advice on this website is of a general nature and may not apply to you. Crypt debris from the tonsils comprising dead layers of shed skin, trapped decomposing food, bacteria and other micro-organisms.
Although the tonsils and adenoids, when healthy, do help fight infections, sometimes they cause much more trouble than they are worth.
Bad breath can be caused by decomposing food and bacteria trapped in the deep folds of the tonsils. If the adenoids get too big, they cause blockage of the nose and Eustachian tube, resulting in glue ear. If the tonsils are frequently or chronically infected, they are no longer working properly. There is plenty of other lymphoid tissue in the throat which takes over the work of the tonsils and adenoids if they are removed. It is not true that removing the tonsils and adenoids makes you more likely to get chest or stomach infections. Many children go through a phase of repeated attacks of tonsillitis, especially when they start school and become exposed to a greater variety of viruses and bacteria. Removing the adenoids is very effective at restoring the ability to breathe through the nose, unless it is blocked for some other reason e.g.
Adenoidectomy is about 70% effective in treating glue ear, but the beneficial effect takes several months to develop.
At worst, you could die or suffer brain damage – but you are more likely to be injured in a road accident. There is a risk of excessive bleeding, either during or up to two weeks after the operation.
About 2% of patients may need a second operation to control bleeding, readmission to hospital, or a blood transfusion.
If you do get an infection, you may get some further bleeding and might need antibiotics, or you might need to be re-admitted to hospital for treatment. Your voice will change character after removing the tonsils or adenoids, ususally for the better, but some might not like it. Tonsils and adenoids are removed under general anaesthetic (fully asleep) in the operating theatre. If you smoke, you should give up, because smokers are more likely to suffer complications after operation.
After the operation, you will wake up in the recovery area, where a nurse will look after you. Don’t have hot spices, vinegar or sharp citrus fruits, but do eat things that need chewing. The throat will be especially sore when swallowing, so take a painkiller (Soluble paracetamol) half an hour before mealtimes. A white or yellow coating on the back of the throat, where the tonsils were removed, is normal and does not mean it is infected.
Start just pottering around the house, then short walks outside, but avoid strenuous physical activity. You will need ten days off school or work after adenoidectomy, two weeks for tonsillectomy. Most bleeds are very minor, but there is a risk of serious haemorrhage up to two weeks after operation.
If any bleeding occurs from the nose or throat you should telephone Mrs Fairley for advice. If you get the answering machine, leave a message and telephone the hospital where you had the surgery.
Although we will do our best to help, we cannot guarantee to be available personally 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. William Harvey is the only hospital in East Kent which maintains 24 hour emergency ENT cover. You should phone the Rotary ward and speak to the nurse in charge or the on-call ENT doctor. Do not waste time by attempting to contact your GP surgery, they will only refer you to hospital. Although the day I got my tattoo was not well thought out, I had been considering the idea for a long time. While getting my tattoo removed, I picked up some interesting advice from the nurses, as well as theories on what can affect tattoo removal success: namely, that tattoos closer to your heart are easier to remove because there's more blood flow, that the extra ink in my tattoo may require more sessions, and that a diet high in antioxidants could aid the process. For a typical appointment, you can ice the area for a few minutes before treatment or apply numbing cream about 30 minutes in advance. Considered to be a basic component of responsible pet ownership, the neutering of male dogs is a common surgical procedure that is performed by most veterinary clinics all over the world. This medical information is provided to enhance and support, not replace, individual advice from a qualified medical practitioner. Links to full size image and article in Archives of Otolaryngology Head & Neck Surgery, 2003. A general anaesthetic carries a minimal risk, with consultant anaesthetists using modern drugs and monitoring equipment. Tonsillectomy is relatively safe at any age, but it is more painful in adults and teenagers than in young children.
Parents should also consider giving up, as children must not be exposed to passive smoking during recovery. You will not be allowed anything to eat for about six hours before operation, but you can drink clear fluids up to two hours before. If your operation is done in the afternoon, or if your recovery is slow, you may need to stay in overnight. Your saliva contains lysozymes (lie-so-zimes) – natural antibiotics, and eating helps clean the operation area.
Also, the private hospitals are set up for planned, elective surgery, and not for emergency admissions.
I even got it touched up at a much nicer shop with the hopes that a slight variation on the design would fix the problem. Not only have I never liked the way it looks, but also, when you have a tattoo on your wrist, people ask you about it. Because the ink is actually below the surface of the skin, numbing isn't 100 percent effective, but it does help.
The process can take a while and costs a lot, so it can be tempting to give up and try to redo your tattoo.
A further bout of repeated attacks of tonsillitis is common in the teenage years, often following glandular fever. That is why you should make sure you take painkillers half an hour before meals, so that it won’t be too sore to swallow. Make sure you have supplies of soluble paracetamol (Calpol for children) for when you come home. This is a routine to help avoid mistakes – like an airport checking your travel documents more than once. We participate in the emergency on-call rota for ENT in East Kent, which is based in the NHS Rotary Ward at the William Harvey Hospital, Ashford.
After three years of hiding it with a watch, I decided that the only option that would make me happy was to get it removed. I chose a laser business a block from my apartment (convenient!) and it only cost $20 per session (cheap!). In the past, certain colors were more difficult to remove, but as lasers advance, more tattoos are candidates for removal.
Noodleman was quick to refute these as minor to non-factors in aiding removal, I figure taking this dietary advice certainly can't hurt.
The removal is more painful than getting the tattoo, but it is over quickly: my tattoo is a little larger than one square inch, and each session lasts under 30 seconds. Again, it is sensible to wait and see for at least a year, to see if they will settle down. To stop the needle from hurting children, the ward nurse puts special cream on the back of the hand.
When you come into hospital, you will be seen by the nurse who will ask various questions about your general health and attach an identity bracelet to your wrist. I came up with the design a few months earlier: while I knew I wanted an infinity sign, I never actually found a drawing of what I wanted it to look like.
To me, it represents that your past will always shape you, but time continues to move forward, and it's important to move with it. I went there twice and left the second time with various scars throughout my tattoo, which is not supposed to happen if it is treated properly. After the appointment, it's important to ice the area and let the tattoo breathe, because covering or wrapping the tattoo can trap the heat from the laser and lead to scarring.
It's not necessarily mandatory that an office use this laser, but you want to make sure that they use something modern, as the technology is constantly advancing. If they detect a potentially dangerous invader, they attack and destroy it with their natural chemical weapons. I just walked into a tattoo parlor on the beach, paid the man, and walked out 45 minutes later with what I can only describe as a serpent-like infinity sign on my wrist. I now drive an hour away and pay much more for my treatment, but I feel so much more confident in my care and the results.
It is also important to protect the area from the sun and any physical trauma for a few days after each treatment.
The average cost for each tattoo removal session is $40 to $100 per square inch, and most tattoos are removed within four to six sessions. Some immune cells leave the battlefield and travel to the lymph glands in the neck with a message for reinforcements.
If it seems likely that the attacks will continue and disrupt education, operation may be the best solution. Sometimes, if a vein can’t be found or the child is too frightened, we send you to sleep with gas.
They may have yellow or green spots of pus, or grey ulcers, or a thick cheesy off-white coating. The disadvantages of desexing (the cons of desexing) - why people choose not to neuter dogs.3.
If the virus is new to the body, the lymph glands may be slow to react, and the invader can gain considerable ground and cause illness. If you are in any discomfort, please let the nurse know as she can you an injection to help relieve it.
They rapidly switch on production of neutralising antibodies, which prevent infection from progressing. Neutering puppies - information about the early spay and neuter of young dogs (puppy desexing). Unfortunately, there are hundreds of different viruses and bacteria which can cause illness. Any excessive bleeding is controlled by a combination of pressure swabs, diathermy (electric cautery) and stitches.

This probably explains why the tonsils and adenoids grow in size until around the age of 8, then, in most cases, begin to shrink. By adult life, the adenoids should have virtually disappeared, and the tonsils should be small.
A lot of cost and effort and expertise goes into producing a quality litter for profitable sale. If your bitch needs a caesarean section at one in the morning or develops a severe infection after whelping (e.g.
On top of that, if you fail to do your homework and breed poor quality pups or poorly socialised pups that won't sell, then you've just condemned some of those animals to a miserable life of being dumped in shelters or on the streets.2.
The reduction of stray and feral animal populations:By having companion dogs neutered, they are unable to go out and mate with feral or stray bitches and get them pregnant.
This results in fewer litters of stray and feral dogs being born which, in return, benefits not just those unwanted puppies (who lead a tough neglected life), but also society in general. To reduce the spread of inferior genetic traits, genetic diseases and congenital deformities:Dog breeding is not merely the production of puppies, it is the transferral of genes and genetic traits from one generation to the next in a breed population.
Pet owners and breeders should desex male dogs that have conformational, colouring and temperamental traits, which are unfavourable or faulty to the breed as a whole to reduce the spread of these defects further down the generations.
The prevention or reduction of testicular (and epididymal) diseases:It is difficult to contract a testicular disease if you have no testicles. Early neutering prevents dogs from contracting a range diseases and disorders including: testicular cancer, epididymal cancer, orchitis (testicular inflammation), epididymitis, testicular torsion, testicular abscessation and testicular trauma. The prevention or reduction of testosterone-induced diseases:Dogs can suffer from a range of diseases and medical conditions that are directly associated with high blood testosterone levels. These disease conditions include:benign prostate hyperplasia (BPH), prostatitis, prostatic abscess, perianal or perineal adenomas (small cancers that occur around the anus of male dogs), perineal hernias and certain castration-responsive skin disorders (dermatoses). Desexing removes the main source of testosterone in the animal's body (the testes), which not only prevents the onset of these diseases but can even help to control or cure these diseases if they are already present. It is the testicles that make male animals exhibit the kinds of "male" testosterone-dependent behaviors normally attributed to an entire animal.
They are more prone to displaying often unwanted masculine territorial behaviours such as the guarding of resources (food, bones, territory, companion people and pets and so on) and the marking of territory with urine and feces (e.g. Additionally, entire male animals are more likely than neutered animals are to leave their yards and roam the countryside looking for females and trouble. The neutering of entire animals can reduce some of these problematic testosterone-mediated behaviours.
The disadvantages of desexing (the cons of desexing) - why some people choose not to neuter.There are many reasons why some individuals, breeders and pet groups choose not to advocate the sterilisation of entire male dogs. Many of these reasons have been listed below, however the list is by no means exhaustive.1. The dog may become overweight or obese:Studies have shown that neutered animals probably require around 25% fewer calories to maintain a healthy bodyweight than entire male animals do. This is because a neutered animal has a lower metabolic rate than an entire animal does (it therefore needs fewer calories to maintain its bodyweight). Because of this, what tends to happen is that most owners, unaware of this fact, continue to feed their neutered male dogs the same amount of food after the surgery that they did prior to the surgery, with the result that their pets become fat. Consequently, the myth of automatic post-desexing obesity has become perpetuated and, as a result, many owners simply will not consider desexing their dogs because of the fear of them gaining weight and developing weight-related problems (e.g. They will only become obese if the post-neutering drop in their metabolic rate is not taken into account and they are fed the same amount of food calories as an entire animal.
A neutered dog potentially costs less to feed than an entire animal of the same weight and, therefore, neutering your animal may well save you money in the long run. Desexing equates to a loss of breeding potential and valuable genetics:There is no denying this.
In an era where many unscrupulous breeders and pet owners ("backyard breeders" we call them) will breed any low-quality dog regardless of breed traits and temperament to make a quick buck, the good genes for breed soundness, breed traits and good temperament are needed more than ever. Current desexing age recommendations.In Australia and throughout much of the world it is currently recommended that male dogs are neutered at around 5-7 months of age and older (as far as the "older" goes, the closer to the 5-7 months of age mark the better - there is less chance of your dog developing a testicular or testosterone-dependant medical condition if he is desexed at a younger age). The reasoning behind this 5-7 month age specification is one of anaesthetic safety for elective procedures.
When asked by owners why it is that a dog needs to wait until 5-7 months of age to be desexed, most veterinarians will simply say that it is much safer for them to wait until this age before undergoing a general anaesthetic procedure. The theory is that the liver and kidneys of very young animals are much less mature than those of older animals and therefore less capable of tolerating the effects of anaesthetic drugs and less effective at metabolising them and breaking them down and excreting them from the body.
Younger animals are therefore expected to have prolonged recovery times and an increased risk of suffering from severe side effects, in particular liver and kidney damage, as a result of general anaesthesia. Consequently, most vets will choose not to anesthetize a young dog until at least 5 months of age for an elective procedure such as neutering.
Whether the 5-7 month age specification for general anaesthesia is valid nowadays (2008 onwards), however, is much less clear and is currently the subject of debate.
The reason for the current desexing-age debate is that the 5-7 month age specification was determined ages ago, way back in the days when animal anaesthesia was nowhere near as safe as it is now and relied heavily upon drugs that were more cardiovascularly depressant than modern drugs (e.g.
Because modern animal anaesthetic drugs are so much safer on young animals than the old drugs used to be, there is increasing push to drop the age of desexing in veterinary practices. As modern pet anaesthetics have become a lot safer, with fewer side effects, the debate about the recommended age of canine neutering has been reopened in the veterinary world with some vets now allowing their clients to opt for an early-age spay or neuter, provided they appreciate that there are greater, albeit minimal, anaesthetic risks to the very young pet when compared to the more mature pet. In these situations, cat and dog owners can opt to have their male and female pets desexed as young as 8-9 weeks of age (the vet chooses anaesthetic drugs that are not as cardiovascularly depressant and which do not rely as heavily upon extensive liver and kidney metabolism and excretion).NOTE - in 1993, the AVMA (American Veterinary Medical Association) advised that it supported the early spay and neuter of young dogs and cats, recommending that puppies and kittens be spayed or neutered as early as 8-16 weeks of age. This again helps to reduce the incidence of irresponsible breeding - dogs sold already desexed cannot reproduce. I take about 3-7 minutes to neuter a male pup of about 9 weeks of age compared to about 10-15 minutes for an older animal. More early age neuters can be performed in a day than mature dog neuters and less anaesthetic gas is used on each individual, thereby saving the practice money per procedure.Routine, across-the-board, early spay and neuter by shelters avoids the need for a sterilisation contract to be signed between the shelter and the prospective pet owner.
A sterilisation contract is a legal document signed by people who adopt young, non-desexed puppies and kittens, which declares that they will return to the shelter to have that dog or cat desexed when it has reached the recommended sterilisation age of 5-7 months. The problem with these sterilisation contracts is that, very often, people do not obey them (particularlyif the animal seems to be "purebred"); they are rarely enforced by law and, consequently, the adopted animal is left undesexed and able to breed and the cycle of pet reproduction and dumped litters continues.
Many of these disadvantages were outlined in the previous section (3a) when the reasons for establishing the 5-7 month desexing age were discussed and include: Early age anaesthesia and desexing is never going to be as safe as performing the procedure on an older and more mature dog.
Regardless of how safe modern anaesthetics have become, the liver and kidneys of younger animals are considered to be less mature than those of older animals and therefore less capable of tolerating the effects of anaesthetic drugs and less effective at metabolising them and breaking them down and excreting them from the body. Even though it is very uncommon, there will always be the occasional early age animal that suffers from potentially life-threatening side effects, in particular liver and kidney damage, as a result of young age anaesthesia.
Thishypothermia predisposition is caused by the young animal's increased body surface area (higher area for heat to be lost), reduced ability to shiver and reduced bodyfat covering (fat insulates against heat loss).
The predisposition towards hypoglycemia is the result of a reduced ability to produce glucose from stores of glycogen and body fat as well as the fact that these stores of fat and glycogen are smaller in the young animal. Early neutering may result in retained juvenile behaviours inappropriate to the animal's age later on.
Many breederschoose to only desex their dogs after they have had some time to grow (after all, it is not possibleto look at a tiny puppy and determine whether or not it will have the right color, conformation and temperament traits to be a breeding and showing dog).
This allows the breeder time to determine whether or not the animal in question will be a valuable stud animal or not. Early age neuteringprevents breeders from being able to accurately determine which pups will be valuable studanimals (it is too early to tell when they are only puppies). This can potentially result in urinaryhygiene problems and an increased risk of preputial urine scalding and prepuce infections throughout life.Early spaying and neutering will not 100% reduce pet overpopulation and dumping problems when a large proportion of dumped animals are not merely unwanted litters, but purpose-bought, older pets that owners have grown tired of, can't manage, can't train and so on.
Because shelter policy was not to add to the numbers of litters being born irresponsibly by selling entire animals, all dogs, including puppies, were required to be desexed prior to sale. Consequently, it was not unusual for us to desex male and female puppies and kittens at early ages (anywhere from 9 weeks of age upwards). Hundreds of puppies and kittens passed under the surgeon's knife every year on their way to good homes and I must say that the incidence of post-operative complications that were a direct result of underage neutering was exceedingly low. Please remember, however, that if you do decide to have your pet neutered at an early age, you do make this choice at your own risk.
Current veterinary recommendations do still state that pet cats and dogs should be neutered at 5-7 months of age and that there is a greater risk (albeit minor) of young animals suffering from operative or post-operative complications as a result of general anaesthesia.4. Neutering procedure (desexing surgery) - a step by step pictorial guide to canine neutering.As stated in the opening section, neutering is the surgical removal of a male dog's testicles.
During the procedure, each of the dog's testes and testicular epididymi are removed along with sections of the dog's testicular blood vessels and spermatic ducts (vas deferens or ductus deferens). And to be quite honest, from a general, non-veterinary pet owner's perspective, this is probably all of the information that you really need to know about the surgical process of desexing a dog.
There are numerous surgical desexing techniques available for use by veterinarians, however, I have chosen to demonstrate the very commonly-used "open procedure" of dog castration. Water should not be withheld - it is fine for your animal to drink water before admission into the vet clinic.Any food that the animal fails to consume by bedtime should be taken away to prevent it from snacking throughout the night.
Please note that certain animal species should not be fasted prior to surgery or, if they are fasted, not fasted for very long. For example, rabbits and guinea pigs are not generally fasted prior to surgery because they run the risk of potentially fatal intestinal paralysis (gut immotility) from the combined effects of not eating and receiving anaesthetic drugs. Vet clinics usually tell owners what time they should bring their pet in for surgical admission and it is important that you abide by these admission times and not be late.
Vet clinics need to plan their day around which pets arrive and do not arrive for surgery in the morning. His gum colour will be assessed, his heart and chest listened to and his temperature taken to ensure that he is fine to operate on.
This pre-surgical examination is especially important if your pet is old (greater than 7-8 years). This is a simple blood test that is often performed in-house by your vet to assess your pet's basic liver and kidney function. It may help your vet to detect underlying liver or kidney disease that might make it unsafe for your pet to have an anaesthetic procedure. Old dogs in particular should have a pre-anaesthetic blood panel performed (many clinics insist upon it), but cautious owners can elect to have young pets tested too.
Things happen (very rarely, but they do) and you need to be aware of this before signing an anaesthetic consent form. As with human medicine, it is becoming more and more common these days for pet owners to sue vets for alleged malpractice.
Vets today require clients to sign a consent form before any anaesthetic procedure is performed so that owners can not come back to them and say that they were not informed of the risks of anaesthesia, should there be an adverse event. Vets may need to call owners if a complication occurs, if an extra procedure needs to be performed on the pet or if the pet has to stay in overnight.
It is often best if you ring the veterinary clinic before picking your pet up just in case it can not go home at the time expected (e.g. The animal is normally given a premedication drug before surgery, which is designed to fulfill many purposes. The sedative calms the animal making it slip into anaesthesia more peacefully; the sedative often contains a pain relief drug (analgesic), which reduces pain during and after surgery and the sedative action results in lower amounts of anaesthetic drug being needed to keep the animal asleep.
General anaesthesia is normally achieved by giving the pet an intravenous injection of an anaesthetic drug, which is then followed up with and maintained using an anaesthetic inhalational gas. The animal has a tube inserted down its throat during the surgery to facilitate the administration of the anaesthetic gas. The animal is drawn laying on its back as it would be positioned during a sterilization surgery.

The second thing to notice is that the spermatic ducts (vas deferens) and blood vessels supplying each of the testicles arise from within the animal's abdominal cavity. These vessels exit the animal's abdominal cavity in the region of the animal's groin, via a natural hole in each side (right and left) of the abdominal wall called the inguinal canal or inguinal ring (marked in purple). After exiting the abdominal cavity via the inguinal canal, these ducts and vessels run deep within the fat situated alongside the animal's penis and into the scrotum, where they unite with the sperm ducts and blood vessels within the animal's testicles. The third thing to remember is that some of the thick connective tissue lining the animal's abdominal cavity (the peritoneal lining - marked in green) actually comes out through the inguinal canal when the testicle descends during infancy and encases the testicle within the scrotal sac. The section of peritoneal lining containing the testicle within the scrotal sac and inguinal canal is termed the tunica vaginalis or vaginal tunic. On top of this, some of the abdominal fluid (lubricating fluid that exists in small amounts within the abdomen to let the organs slide over each other and not adhere to each other) and abdominal 'space' that exists within the abdominal cavity also goes with the peritoneal outpouching (tunica vaginalis) and into the scrotal sac and inguinal canal surrounding the testicular structures. It allows the testicular vessels and testicles to slide a bit within the scrotal sac and tunica vaginalis casing. Images: An incision is made into the skin just ahead of the animal's scrotal sac, on the midline of the animal. Both testicles will be removed through the one incision.Caution needs to be taken to ensure that the urethra is not accidentally cut into during this incision. The fat surrounding the testis and tunica vaginalis is trimmed away and the testis (enclosed within the thick, capsule-like tunica vaginalis) is lifted through the hole in the animal's skin.
Image: The tunica vaginalis (green) is incised and the testicle itself (testis and epididymus) is exposed.
Because the space between the tunica vaginalis and testicle contains small volumes of lubricating fluid (blue) from inside of the abdominal cavity, the testicle does not stick to the tunica vaginalis but instead slips easily out of it. They are tied tightly to ensure that the blood vessels supplying the testes are fully occluded (closed off). This will prevent the animal's testicular blood vessels from bleeding once the testicle is cut off.
The surgeon cuts off the testicle (testis and epididymus) above the level of the sutures and discards it.
Author's note: Some surgeons like to also tie off the tunica vaginalis itself, instead of leaving it open. The first is that the tunica vaginalis has some blood supply of its own and oozes blood when you cut it. Although this seldom ever presents a significant, life-threatening bleeding issue, in large dogs this oozing of blood from the cut tunic can be enough to cause the scrotal sac to become swollen up with blood and therefore very painful and bruised after surgery. Leaving the tunic open may potentially increase the risk of suture-line infections extending through into the abdominal cavity. There is also the potential (though it is rare) for abdominal contents to travel down the inguinal canal within the tunica vaginalis and end up under the skin, resulting in an inguinal hernia, which can be life threatening. Neutering aftercare - what you need to know about caring for your dog after neutering surgery.When your dog goes home after neutering surgery, there are some basic exercise, feeding, bathing, pain relief and wound care considerations that should be followed to improve your pet's healing, health and comfort levels.
1) Feeding your dog immediately after neutering:After a dog has been desexed, it is not normally necessary for you to implement any special dietary changes. Unless your veterinarian says otherwise, it is normally fine to feed your pet the night after surgery. Offer your pet a smaller meal than normal in case your pet has an upset tummy from surgery and do not be worried if your pet won't eat the night after surgery. It is not uncommon for pets to be sore and sorry after surgery and to refuse to eat that night.
If your pet is a bit sooky and won't eat because of surgery-site pain, feel free to tempt your pet with tasty, strong-smelling foods to get him to eat. Avoid fatty foods such as mince, lamb and processed meats (salami, sausages, bacon) because these will cause digestive upsets.
Do not give these drugs if your pet is refusing to eat.Most dogs that are neutered are not normally off their food for more than a day. It is therefore recommended that running-around exercise be avoided or minimised during this period to allow the skin the best chance of staying still and healing. The most important thing that you do need to do is monitor the wound to ensure that it remains looking healthy and clean. Look out for any signs of redness, swelling and wound pain (surgical wounds should not normally appear painful or red beyond the first 3-5 days after surgery). The wound and sutures should then be dried thoroughly to stop bacteria from wicking deep into the surgical site.
The wound should then be closely monitored over the next few days because wounds soiled in dirt or faeces are at high risk of becoming infected, even if they are bathed. This is a major cause of wound breakdown - the pet licks the wounds making them wet and infected or the pet actually pulls out the sutures, resulting in the wound breaking apart. At the very first sign of wound licking, go to your vet immediately and get an Elizabethan collar (E collar) for it. The collar will stop the pet tampering with the stitches and hopefully prevent wound break down. If the dog starts licking in the middle of the night and you can not get an E collar, you can cut the circular bottom out of an appropriately-sized, clean plastic flower pot (leave the drainage holes intact); place this over your pet's head and neck like an Elizabethan collar and thread the pet's collar or a stocking through the pot-plant drainage holes to secure it to your pet's neck. Be careful to place it so that your pet can not choke and go and get a proper E collar from your vet in the morning. Wound licking can also be reduced by putting bitter apple spray, methyl phthalate solution or another commercial bitterant solution onto the pet's suture line. Woundgard is one commercial product that serves this role (there are many other products that serve a similar function). 4) Bathing or washing your dog after neutering:Because it takes 10-14 days for sutured (stitched) skin wounds to heal and seal closed, it is advised that the animal not be bathed or allowed to go swimming for the first 14 days after surgery. They can be removed at home, but ideally they should be removed by a veterinarian (the vet can determine if the wounds have healed up before removing them). 6) Pain relief after neutering:In my experience, most dogs do not seem to show all that much pain after neutering surgery. Most vets send their neutering patients home with a few days of pain relief as a matter of course, however, some vet clinics do not. If you haven't been sent home with any pain relief for your pet and your pet shows signs of pain after surgery, you can return to your vet clinic and request pain relief pills. If your pet is very old or it has compromised kidney or liver function, certain pain medications may not be recommended and other pain relief solutions may need to be found.DO NOT self-medicate your pet with human pain-killers.
Pets that are allowed to run around after surgery are more likely to traumatize and move their sutures, leading to swelling and pain of the surgical site. Placing a dried-off ice pack wrapped in a tea towel (never put ice directly against the skin) on the pet's surgery site for 10 minutes and then placing a hot water bottle (also wrapped in a tea towel) on the site for another 10 minutes and then replacing the cold pack and so on (i.e. CAUTION - Only do this if you have a very nice tempered dog - remember that pets in pain can bite and you may well upset the animal more by handling his wound, even though you are only trying to help him. Possible surgical and post-surgical complications of neutering.There are some surgical and post surgical complications of desexing a dog that should be considered before you take the step of having your pet neutered. The most important thing to remember about the complications listed below is that the vast majority of these complications are very rare and the small risk of them occurring should not outweigh the benefits of having your pet neutered. Of those complications that are more common (the common ones are indicated), the vast majority of these are not life-threatening and most can be prevented by good attention to after-care and wound care. Pain after surgery (common).It is not uncommon for dogs to show some signs of mild to moderate discomfort and pain immediately after having a desexing surgery. It stands to reason: the vet has just performed a surgical procedure on a very delicate area of the male body. Dogs that are in discomfort after desexing will normally show signs suggestive of pain in the groin region.
Some dogs will even go off their food for a few days after desexing because of the discomfort. If you haven't been sent home with any pain relief for your pet and your pet shows signs of pain after surgery, you can return to your vet clinic and request pain relief pills - these will normally be enough to keep your pet comfortable. If your pet is very old or it has compromised kidney or liver function, certain pain medications may not be recommended and other pain relief solutions may need to be found.Keep your pet confined and quiet if it is in pain.
Pets that are allowed to run around after surgery are more likely to traumatise and move their sutures, leading to swelling and pain of the surgical site. Placing an ice pack wrapped in a tea towel (never put ice directly against the skin) on the pet's surgery site for 10 minutes and then placing a hot water bottle (also wrapped in a tea towel) on the site for another 10 minutes and then replacing the cold pack and so on (i.e.
WARNING - Only do this if you have a very nice tempered dog - remember that pets in pain can bite and you may well upset the animal more by handling his wound, even though you are only trying to help him. If the scrotal skin appears very abraded and red to you (either from clipper rash during pre-surgical shaving of fur or due to your pet's licking), you should speak to your vet about it. He may prescribe some cream containing a steroidal anti-inflammatory drug, an antibiotic compound and a local anaesthetic (e.g. If the wound break down is only mild, the animal may only require antibiotic coverage; an Elizabethan collar and better home care to treat the problem. If the wound has completely fallen apart, the vet may need to operate on your pet again to retrim and repair the surgical wound. The bacterial invasion causes damage to the body tissues in the site of infection (this limits healing of tissues) and triggers a secondary immune system attack on the region, resulting in inflammation and a build up of pus (invading white blood cells produce yellow or green discharges) in the area.Owners often first notice infection when the neutering incision line becomes sore, swollen, red and hot-to-touch. Sometimes, the pet will tell the owner that it is in pain by licking the infected regions obsessively: infection should certainly be suspected if a pet goes from not being bothered by its wounds to licking and biting at them excessively. Within hours to days of this redness and inflammation being noticed, the owner may witness a yellow to green purulent discharge coming from the suture holes or the incision line itself. If allowed the progress, the wound may split apart completely, resulting in wound breakdown.
It tends to occur because the pet was allowed to lick the sutureline and, consequently, introduce mouth bacteria into its surgical incision. Infection also tends to occur if the sutures are allowed to get wet (the animal was bathed, allowed to go swimming, allowed to lay in mud) or if the sutures are allowed to become soiled by faeces, urine or dirt.
Bacterial numbers are very high in diseased skin and will easily enter the wound site during surgery, regardless of the amount of prepping done. Animals with Cushing's disease, Diabetes Mellitus and other immune suppressive disorders may be more prone to wound infections. Recipes, kitchen help, real foodie tips, and giveaways — everything you need to stay on track. No more confusion and feeling overwhelmed — get the simple truth about food and health that you won’t hear in the mainstream. Occasional parenting and homeschooling articles thrown in, too, because we all need a little help in these areas!It's all FREE, and if you don't love it, you can unsubscribe anytime. The adenoids can’t be seen when you open your mouth because they are behind the soft palate. Both tonsils and adenoids produce antibodies to fight infections, but they are probably only important to a neonate.
In light of their healthy diet the only other think that leaps to mind (at 2:30 am) is too add some supplements in hopes of decreasing inflammation and in doing so shrink those tonsils. Becky, did your husband and his family still get infections after they had their tonsillectomies?

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