A few weeks ago, Chisel’s owners decided to desex him now that he is 12 months. Now if this causes some confusion, back in March this year we wrote a blog about some instances of delayed desexing. Our general advice has always been to desex dogs and cats, male and female between 5 and 6 months of age, and for the majority of dogs this advice remains the same. But there are some people who now recommend delaying desexing in some breeds of dog, including Golden Retrievers. Based on information provided, Chisel’s owners decided to wait until 12 months old before he was desexed. For more info on our desexing advice please click here.
Dr Peter desexed Chisel along with the assistance of senior nurse Kimberley. He was given drugs which provide sedation and pain relief, along with a smoother anaesthetic induction and recovery. Before the procedures, the nurses collected blood samples – this assesses liver and kidney function and protein levels, which are responsible for the safe metabolism and elimination of anaesthetic agents and therefore a safe recovery. Results were normal, so he was then given the anaesthetic. Whilst under anaesthesia, Chisel also had some x-rays done and a general teeth clean. Cheeky Chisel was found eating some rocks in the garden so the family thought it would be best to make sure nothing was stuck in the abdomen! Lucky for him, there were no stones found and all was clear.
Once the xrays were taken, it was straight into the surgical room for the castration. Our nurses are highly skilled in general anaesthetic monitoring the patients while under.
Chisel’s testicles were removed through a small incision in front of his scrotum. The procedure went well with no complications. In regards to this dental procedure, there were no major issues with his teeth, but he was developing some tartar already, and it is very important to maintain your pets oral hygiene from a young age, so that it you can avoid any potential problems as they get older. Chisel had his teeth scaled and polished while under anaesthesia as well.
Chisel went into recovery and woke up happy! As you can see Dr Peter was there for the post-anesthetic cuddles!
He went home that night with some aftercare advice, and will need to return in about 10 days to get the stitches removed. We’ll post a more detailed blog about the castration procedure in the coming weeks.