A dog is a man’s best friend! It is rewarding to learn which treats, toys, activities, and habits they love best.
Learning about what makes a dog happy and healthy takes time. There is a lot of information to process. Common topics include flea prevention, heartworm treatments, diets, behavior, and surgeries.
Neutering is included in important surgeries. The question may come up if a dog is fixed or not.
Below are six important tips to read when debating on if a dog is fixed?
First, determine if male or female
First of all, an easy starting point to consider when determining if a dog is fixed is by determining the sex of an animal. Depending on the type of animal and the sex genitalia will appear differently. For most dog’s genitals are considered in generally the same area.
Looking towards the lowest part of the body and in between the legs is the general location to observe. Sometimes long dog hair or curly dog hair can make it more difficult to locate private parts.
It is a common misconception to believe that a male always has his private parts extended. This is not the case. Males, females, and hermaphrodite animals can all benefit from a surgery performed by a licensed professional to prevent infection, disease, and pregnancies.
Dogs anatomy is much different than humans
Checking the status of a loving dog’s private parts can be a sensitive, embarrassing, or uncomfortable matter. However, it is vital to understand the health of a pet.
Being aware of the anatomy of the breed of dog an owner has will save on both short term and long term confucius when it comes to their health. Some individual dogs with genetic abnormalities or poor breeding may have unique anatomy.
This rule also applies when it comes to genitalia. Some dogs even suffer from anxiety coping mechanisms that may lead to infections or irritations of their private parts. It never hurts to ask a professional.
Dog trainers are not qualified to provide a medical or health-related diagnosis of canines. However, they may observe when aggressive behavior is linked to an animal needing to be fixed.
Sometimes a dog trainer may recommend fixing a pet to help improve mood swings or prevent dangers to an owner.
In the end, always seek veterinarian advice from a licensed vet. Even seeking two medical opinions on the best options can help pet owners at ease.
Adopted dogs, foster care, or previously owned pets are tricky
Adoption is heartfelt and rewarding to no end! Adopting a dog sometimes takes owners by surprise. With adoption comes an entire load of unexpected situations and lessons.
It can be risky to want to fix a dog who is adopted as they may already have been fixed by their previous owner. In this circumstance ask a veterinarian office if they can check a canine for a microchip.
Microchips are popular modern-day procedures that are safely injected into dogs. The microchip provides a variety of information including name, location of the home, owner contact information, and even previous important health information.
However, veterinarians may also be able to look for other indicators proving that an animal has been previously fixed. Some clinics will mark dogs with safe and small marks on the skin as a sign that a dog has undergone a specific surgical procedure.
These marks may look like simplistic tattoos at first. The ink is safe for the dogs and no poisons. There should only be one tattoo or it may be hidden by fur that has grown back over the marked spot.
Quiz the family with family dogs
It is not totally uncommon for family members to pass down the much-loved family dog. Sometimes parents grow too old to properly care for a dog and provide them with the proper exercise.
Other circumstances include children moving to college where dorm rooms do not allow pets or couples to have babies that require demanding amounts of time. Life can be unpredictable, especially for a dog.
Either way, it can be beneficial to ask other family members if they recall having the family dog fixed. Some individuals may be better at keeping detailed records that can provide proof of a family dog being fixed.
Understanding the age in which a dog experienced this procedure can help with some chronic diagnosis in the future.
Medical conditions can serve as major red flag indicators
Certain red flag medical conditions will physically indicate that a dog has not been fixed. If a dog is pregnant or suffering from life-threatening pyometra, they are not fixed.
It is rare for a dog to become pregnant, suffer from phantom pregnancies, or suffer from pyometra from an improper spay.
Spay and neuter clinics are not legally required to monitor pets as long as typical veterinary clinics. This is a fact to keep in mind when selecting a facility to neuter a dog. Both male and female dogs can be spayed.
The procedures will be different according to anatomy, age, breed, and standard of medicine at the veterinary clinic.
Vet appointments always provide education
Again, when in doubt, ask a veterinarian! Having a professional opinion never hurts anyone, especially the health of a much-loved dog.
Dogs are like members of the family and deserve the best care. Hence, an appointment may also help because some female dogs may on a rare occasion develop a false penis.
In the same sense, some male dogs may not drop their genitals all of the ways. Retained testicles can be indicated by a dog breeder, the dog’s parents, or genetic testing.
Genetic testing can be performed at home for dogs or at clinics. A responsible and safe way to correct unique anatomy can be discussed at the veterinarian’s office.
If cost is an issue some payment plans and even grants exist depending on the location and needs of the family. Best of luck on this journey! Again, most individuals cannot tell by simply looking and that is perfectly normal.