We have, in our computer software, a message that prints for owners of mature male dogs who have just had neuter surgery.
While most neuter surgery for cats and dogs occurs at 8-16 weeks of age, sometimes dogs like Rocky, the OctoDad,
will be neutered later in life. Perhaps they have been in the show ring or needed time in training to prove themselves possibly worthy as breeding stock.
When a puppy has orchiectomy, or surgical removal of the testicles, at a young age the scrotum is usually small to non-existent. A dog several years old, however, experiences the pull of gravity to an extent that causes the scrotal sac to be elongated.
The resulting space that is created when the testicles are removed wants to be filled with something, and sometimes fluid will accumulate there postoperatively. Therefore we warn clients that a swelling in that area may occur and, if it does, how to deal with it.
Most patients need no treatment at all when this occurs, though some may have discomfort caused by the weight of
the fluid and tension of the swelling. Pain medication can be prescribed to control the discomfort. Some dogs may require hot, moist soaks of the scrotum to reduce swelling. In some dogs a needle tap may be needed to remove fluid.
Cats, regardless of age, rarely experience this problem.
There are many reasons to have your male dog neutered. Click on the links below to read more about this important surgical procedure.