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Why Canine Companions Should NOT Be Castrated

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What Is Neutering?

neutering, n, the sterilization of an animal [syn: fixing, altering, castration], also spay and geld (emasculate).

The American Heritage Dictionary defines castration as follows
1) To remove the testicles of (a male); geld or emasculate.
2) To remove the ovaries of (a female); spay.
3) To deprive of virility or spirit.

And also defines neuter as neither masculine nor feminine in gender.

Neutering (gonadectomy/orchidectomy) is the de-sexing of a male or female animal, whereby the reproductive organs are entirely removed. In female beings neutering is called "spaying," which literally means to cut out with a sword. In male beings neutering is called "gelding." Both of these terms, spay and geld, include in their definitions the act of depriving one's virility and spirit; depriving strength or vigor; weakening them; devitalizing them.

Male Castration (Geld)

  1. Anesthesia is administered.
  2. The Dog is prepped for surgery.
  3. An incision is made in the skin in front of the scrotum.
  4. The testicle is pushed forward and an incision is made in the subcutaneous tissue just big enough to squeeze it through
  5. The tunics layer of tissues are incised to expose the testicle and associated structures.
  6. The blood supply for the testicle is pulled out, sutured, and cut.
  7. Each testicle is removed and the sutured tissues which once led to them are pushed back through the incision.
  8. The two layers of tissues are sutured to close the incision.
  9. A pain medication is injected and the Dog is taken to recovery.

Removal of Canine Testical

© Long Beach Animal Hospital
Female Castration (Spay)

  1. Anesthesia is administered.
  2. The Bitch is prepped for surgery.
  3. A 3-5 inch incision is made in the abdomen, near the umbilicus, through three layers of tissue.
  4. A spay hook or finger is used to pull a uterine horn through the abdominal incision.
  5. The uterine horn is followed into the body cavity in order to locate the ovary.
  6. Three clamps are used to prevent the blood supply to the ovary from hemorrhaging and the ovary blood supply is cut.
  7. Sutures are applied to the ends of the blood supply and it's allowed to slip back into the abdomen.
  8. Procedures 4 through 7 are repeated for the other ovary.
  9. The extracted ovaries are used to pull the cervix out of the abdomen.
  10. A clamp is placed at the cervix, the uterus is cut, and the ovaries and most of the uterus are removed.
  11. The remaining portion of the uterus is sutured and placed back into the abdomen.
  12. The three layers of tissues are sutured and the abdomen is closed.
  13. A pain medication is injected and the Bitch is taken to recovery.

Removal of Canine Ovaries

© Long Beach Animal Hospital

For centuries people of agriculture have used castration as a means to devitalize and control animals that were not intended for breeding. The practice of gelding stallions to make them tamer and easier to handle and train is well documented and widely practiced. Castrating a young bull achieves the same result, plus the added benefit of increased muscle mass; more meat for the marketplace. Down the centuries people have justified the castration of virtually every mammalian animal form, including human beings themselves. Slavers frequently resorted to castration to calm slaves and make them more obedient and docile. Castrated human beings are called eunuchs and were servile entities performing laborious tasks for wealthy masters.

"Compulsory castration has been used as a punishment for crimes in all cultures dating back thousands of years. In Europe in the Middle Ages, the "eye for an eye" philosophy of jus talionis included castration as punishment for adultery or rape. In the 20th century, castration has been practiced in the Netherlands, Germany, Estonia, Iceland, Switzerland, and Scandinavia for rape, pedophilia, and homosexuality. After World War II, its use in Europe was dramatically scaled back, probably because of the increased awareness of humanitarian concerns prompted by the Holocaust." ― Atul Gawande

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