As Salt N Pepa said sometime in the early 1990’s, “Let’s talk about sex baby,” so here we are, spreading the bark on medical castration for the doggos in your life – Yep, that’s right, we’re officially going there.
It’s always the great debate when you welcome a furry-friend into your family; usually the furmale in the group is advocating for the facts; reduced aggressiveness, lower risk of testicular and prostate cancers and of course, reducing the chances of backyard breeding.
But, if your family is anything like mine, (and I’m pretty sure it is) the male in your life is crouched in the corner, legs crossed, putting on the puppy-dog eyes and begging for your four-legged friend’s manhood to stay intact.
Well, we’ve got good news for you! They can!
Much to my doggo’s (and my husband’s) delight, there’s a medically administered product on the market which allows your male pupperino to receive contraception while keeping the testes fully intact, delivering all the benefits of surgical castration without the surgery!
The medical castration, or contraception as we like to call it, is delivered through a small implant administered by your veterinarian. Similar to microchipping, the implant is inserted between your dog’s shoulders, under the skin. Its simple administration means there’s no need for anaesthetic or surgery.
Once the implant is inserted, it begins to release an active ingredient which prevents the production of the sex hormones and testosterone.
So what exactly does this mean, and why would you go down this route (pun not intended)?
Perhaps you may be looking to (legally) breed your pooch one day, which means by using medical castration opposed to a permanent, surgical option, once the implant wears off your dog’s fertility will gradually return and breeding becomes an option once again.
Another reason may be to see the affect in your pupperino’s mood and behaviour before committing to surgery.
Medical castration can be a lot friendlier on your pooch rather than putting them through surgery. It provides for reversible reproductive control, plus there’s the added bonus of not having to force your doggo to wear a cone after recovery too!
While we think the idea of a non-surgical alternative to castration is a great idea, it’s important to chat to your vet about what works best for you and your pupperino before making any decisions, after all, castration is to benefit our pups – despite what my hubby may think!
Need to find out more? Watch this must-see video – it’s worth it for Buddy’s expressions alone!
What are your thoughts on medical castration? Have you already tried this out? Let us know in the comments below!