If you have one dog that needs to be castrated, we say , by
all means, have your vet do it! If, however, you are a farmer with
multiple dogs and need to keep veterinary expenses as low as possible, you
might want to castrate your dogs on the farm. We do a lot of early
neutering and those dogs we take to our vet because at that time the testicles
are not developed enough to adequately separate them from the abdominal wall and
apply a band.
Before we start, you must understand we are not
veterinarians and we did, in fact, consult with our vet before starting this
practice. We recommend you consult with yours. If your vet tells
you, "You can't do it!", we further recommend you find a vet more open
to working with you.
The tools you'll need are an elastrator available at your
farm store for under $10.00 or from a farm supply catalog and a commercial Castrator
band, less than $2.00 for 100 bands, and 2.5cc of Tetanus Antitoxin (our vet
strongly recommended this which is why we use it).
To start with, we use two people; one sits at the head of
the dog so his attention is focused on this person so the other can work free
from interruption. Stretch the band as far as the elastrators will allow
and even then with a mature dog, you may need to slide the testicles through one
at a time. Place the band as far away from the abdominal wall as possible
while ensuring that all of both testicles are clear of the band. Before
releasing the band, make sure no hair is caught or catches the band as it rolls
off of the elastrator. Finally, give the dog their tetanus shot
under the skin not in the muscle.
Here are the reasons to follow the directions exactly:
If the band includes any part of the abdominal wall,
you risk opening a hole directly into the dog's body cavity exposing the dog
to serious and possibly lethal infection.
If you catch part of the testicles in the band, we
don't really know what will happen but it isn't good. Possibilities
range from having a dog capable of producing puppies to getting bitten!
If the castrating band has hair rolled into it where it
pulls on the dog's skin, it may prove to be an irritant motivating the dog
to lick the area incessantly causing open sores and the possibility of
Done properly, banding a dog takes little time, no ill
consequences and negligible cost compared to a vet's bill, and your Pyr does not
need to be subjected to a general anesthetic.
Oddly enough, the dogs do not seem to notice the castration
activity and thoroughly enjoy individual attention and petting by the person
keeping them occupied.
Once again, we strongly recommend that you discuss this
procedure with your vet for two reasons:
If your vet will discuss this in a positive way, you
know you have a vet who is concerned about your situation as well as the
Discussions of this nature between yourself and your
vet leads to a greater understanding by both parties and your vet's
confidence in your abilities in animal husbandry will make life easier and
better for you and your animals down the road.
Dan & Paula Lane
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