Neutering is such a common
surgical procedure in all veterinary practices. I was
surprised that the other veterinary clinic did not want to
neuter this gentle Golden Retriever as the vet rejected large
One cause of the other vet's reluctance could be the
complications of neutering. One complication would be
post-surgical scrotal haematoma due to haemorrhage as the dog
licked and traumatised the wound. Over 48 hours, the scrotum
became swollen to as big as a tennis ball in big breeds. Such
cases are rare but had happened to me too.
What's the prevention advice. Basically, double ligation and
sufficient post-operation pain-killers. One such case with no
post-op problem is shown here, in 3 images.
Dr Sing shares his
anaesthetic and surgical
to neutering a big
Handing-over inspection of
the surgical wound with the
owner is good practice
Pre-operation blood tests is
important to screen the
health of the dog.
Note the normal values
Anaesthesia and Surgical
Procedure. 30 kg dog. Domitor 0.3 ml IV and then isoflurane gas at
2-3 % is sufficient. Xylazine 0.5 ml IM is my alternative sedation.
owners don't want to pay
more, so it is best to
inform the owner first and
record that the owner does
not want the blood test.
Double ligate is advised as
single ligature may slip due to the dog licking the wound. This
results in bleeding and a swollen painful scrotal swelling.