Sunday, 24 February 2008

A Million Dollar Question Answered

We promised our readers, and our new friend Eleanor and her sister, that we will be posting a photo documentation of Moy-Moy's neutering yesterday. We trust in our adopted native dog's very short span memory to forgive us for not letting him say "goodbye" to his willy first. It was for his own good.

Some images might be a tad too graphic for our readers; if you think you are like The Secretary who fled before The Animal Doctor was done with stitching, then you might want to scroll faster.

At 12:30 PM, The Animal Doctor started preparing his tools.

12:45 PM. The Assistant getting Moy-Moy's weight so The Animal Doctor could determine the amount of anaesthetic to be used on Moy-Moy. Neutering is done with the animal under general anesthesia.

12: 50 PM. The Animal Doctor getting ready to give Moy-Moy pre-anaesthetics to avoid the adverse effects associated with general anesthesia like vomiting where the dog could choke himself to death.

1:0o PM. Moy-Moy is injected with Zoletil, the only registered general anaesthetics for animal use in the Philippines.

The effect of the Zoletil is instantaneous; Moy-Moy is immediately anaesthetized, with only his palpebral and pupillary reflex present( which means Moy-Moy can still blink and stare).

The Animal Doctor prepares to shave Moy-Moy's perineal area in preparation for surgery. He wants the surgical incision site to be sterile and free of any contaminants.

The Animal Doctor sterilizes the surgical incision area with povidone iodine.

1: 05 PM. An incision is made on the scrotum to exposed the testes.

1: 06 PM. The testes is removed

1:08 PM. Both the right and left testicles are removed. The Animal Doctor will now close the surgical incision, and apply topical antibiotic.

These are Moy-Moy's testicles. A neutered dog's penis is still intact, except that it will not be coming out of the prepuce frequently, especially in response to a female dog in heat. A neutered dog no longer produces sperm cells and loses the urge to mate.

Moy-Moy is carried to his cage, post operation recovery took 20 minutes.

In less than 30 minutes, Moy-Moy is up on his four paws.


  1. Dear Animal Doctor,

    Regarding Neutering: someone told me considering vasectomy over actual orchiectomy (removal of the testicles). The "advantage" of the former is that the male dog "retains" his scrotum (which makes him appear 'whole' and more macho). Besides, he still has his "testosterone production mechanism" which enables him to retain his secondary sex characteristics. Naturally, he will still have his urges to mate and to mark his territories which, to some, might be its downside.

    What do you think?


  2. The Animal DoctorFebruary 27, 2008

    Hi there Waru. The main difference between neutering and vasectomy is that the former results to a significant reduction of testosterone in a puppy ( due to the removal of the testes) while the latter procedure does not affect the production of the hormone at all.Thus, while vasectomy prevents unwanted pregnancy, it does not afford the dog added benefit of protection against testicular cancers and other medical conditions associated with testosterone.

    I hope this helps.

    P.S Did you know that there are implants called neuticals to make dogs and their owners feel as if nothing's changed after neutering? We laughed so hard when we first read about it. Perhaps we can get Moy-Moy a pair for his birthday?

  3. troubleshooterMarch 07, 2008

    whew...wish i could personally be there to assist the animal doctor on moymoy's most awaited...(drumrolls pls)..."neutering".hehe...oh well...hope moymoy's well as his mojo comes to a halt.

  4. Well you know, humans are susceptible to all kinds of strange cancers and diseases, but we dont go removing perfectly good body parts for the sake of prevention. Also, world population is overcrowded, we dont aim to spay/neuter humans...


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