"Neuter" is the common term for castration which is the surgical removal of a male's testicles performed under general anesthesia. Neutering your dog has many health and behavioral benefits such as a decreased risk of cancers and the urge to run away to find a mate.
Dogs must be at least 12 weeks of age and at least 3 pounds.
We do not offer neuter services to dogs with a history of heart murmur or seizures. We don’t have the proper medications to treat seizures, and anesthesia can cause seizures. Likewise, we don’t have the proper monitoring for heart murmurs during neuters.
When neutering your dog, we always recommend running blood work prior to the anesthesia. Will recommend placing an IV with IV fluids. For some dogs the IV with IV fluids is required.
We'll ask that we can examine your pet for an umbilical hernia and deciduous baby teeth while they are under anesthesia. We'll ask for pre-approval to treat as needed for an additional charge. If we find either while your pet is under anesthesia, we cannot stop the procedure to call you for approval as that would increase their risk under anesthesia.
If you think your pet will lick, we'll recommend an e-collar. Canine neuters include anti-inflammatory pain medication. Additional pain medication can be requested for sedation for an additional cost.
There will be an additional cost if your dog has cryptorchidism, the absence of one or both testes from the scrotum. In some cases, the testicle may be located in the subcutaneous tissues in the groin region, between the inguinal canal and the scrotum. In cases of abdominal cryptorchidism, the testicle cannot be felt from the outside. More than one incision will likely be made. The doctor may require a male reschedule based on age and size to give the undescended testicle time to mature so it is easier to find. If a testicle hasn’t descended by 3 months of age it probably never will.
For Doberman neuters, we will require we run a COAG Blood Panel Prior to surgery.
Your veterinarian may recommend Gastropexy for your Great Dane. This is a surgical procedure performed in order to prevent Gastric Dilatation and Volvulus (GDV), commonly called torsion or bloat. GDV is a life-threatening condition where the stomach flips or twists, trapping air and gases in the stomach. It is usually done at the time of spay or neuter. Spay & Neuter of SLC does not offer Gastropexy. We can still neuter your Great Danes without Gastropexy.
Pugs and French Bull Dogs
Brachycephalic patients are higher risk under anesthesia. For your Pug or French Bulldog, we'll require an IV catheter be placed, and that we run IV fluids for an additional cost.
Canine Neuter Aftercare
We want to see your pet back here if you have any concerns with the surgery. There is no charge for the recheck appointment as long as the aftercare instructions are followed. Please call or text the front desk at (801)262-6414 to schedule a recheck with us. Charges may be applied for any additional treatments, surgeries, and medication. We offer rechecks Monday- Saturday from 10am-2pm by appointment. Spay & Neuter cannot be responsible or liable for any costs incurred for the care and/or treatment provided by another hospital.
Your dog will have undergone anesthesia today. Drowsiness and incoordination can be expected for up to 24 hours, keep him away from stairs and/or anything he can fall off of.
Limit food and water intake that night. Feed a small meal, about a quarter to half the size of their normal meal this that evening and resume normal feeding the next day. Some pets will eat the first night, others may not eat for 24-48 hours. Please call us if there has been no/poor appetite for more than 48 hours. They are still at risk of aspiration. Do not force food or water. If vomiting occurs the night of surgery take all food and water away. If vomiting occurs for more than 12 hours or there is excessive vomiting (more than 4 times in a 12-hour period), call us for a recheck.
If you notice a bandage on your dog, it can be removed when you arrive at home. Unless you are told otherwise.
Your pet will not be able to regulate their body temperature for 3 days. We also need to limit exposure to their incision. Please keep them indoors for 10-14 days. Also, make sure the temperature inside is not too hot or cold, 70-75 degrees is best.
It is best to allow the incision to heal on its own, there should be no bathing or grooming, getting wet, jumping or aggressive playing/activity for 10-14 days. Please do not try to clean the incision or treat it with any liquids, creams or ointments. Do not allow your pet to lick, scratch, or chew at the incision. Do not apply any bandages to the incision. Do not allow your pet to wear any tight clothing that could rub or touch the incision.
Some swelling of the scrotum is normal, it may look or feel like a testicle is still present. This swelling should go down within 10-14 days. Any excessive swelling, or if the swelling does not go down after 10-14 days, should be rechecked.
Limit interaction with other pets. Do not allow rough housing. Do not allow other pets to lick their incision. A male can still reproduce for up to 30 days after a neuter. Do not allow to breed as this can cause injury or even death.
Check the incision daily for redness, swelling, discharge and pain. Do not try to examine the incision by spreading apart or pulling apart the skin. Some male dogs are sent home with a e-collar to prevent licking. The e-collar should be left on for 10 to 14 days. Please monitor that he is not manipulating his cone in order to lick, scratch, or chew at the incision.
To avoid injury while picking up, support them from their chest and rear end. Do not allow their legs to hang when picking them up. Do not pick them up under their belly.
Signs of a post-surgical emergency include but are not limited to white mucous membranes (gums), excessive bleeding from surgical site, severe depression/unconsciousness, uncontrollable vomiting, seizures, difficulty breathing/harsh respiration (breathing). If any of these symptoms are occurring, please take your pet to the nearest emergency hospital immediately.