Risks Rewards of Neutering a senior Bulldog and French Bulldog
My English bulldog is 6 1/2 years old. I am trying to learn about the pros and cons of getting him neutered. He tries to hump some people and dogs.
My #1 worry is anesthesia at this age.
- Would it help him with the behavior or not?
- Is it worth it or too risky?
Thank you for any advice!
Answer for Risks Rewards of Neutering a Senior Bulldog and French Bulldog
Answer for Risks Rewards of Neutering a Senior Bulldog and French Bulldog, Dear Visitor, it’s a great and timely question. Please note that I already addressed bulldog and French bulldog neutering pros & cons in a few articles and Q & A, you can use the search box to see the list (write “neuter”). Here is a short summary:
Answer for Risks Rewards of Neutering a Senior Bulldog and French Bulldog BENEFITS:
Bulldog neutering might help unwanted behavioral issues like the ones you described
Bulldog neutering can help avoid or/and reduce the number of medical problems
- BULLDOG PROLAPSE URETHRA
- BULLDOG TESTICULAR TUMORS
- BULLDOG PERIANAL TUMORS (HEPATOID)
- BULLDOG PROSTATE DISEASE
- Bulldog Prostate Hyperplasia
- Bulldog Prostatitis
- Bulldog Prostatic Cancer
- Bulldog Prostatic Cysts
Answer for Risks Rewards of Neutering a Senior Bulldog and French Bulldog RISKS:
Anesthesia is the only true risk. If your bully is in good health and all the recommended pre-anesthesia tests were conducted the risks are not necessarily much higher than a young bulldog.
Please review my articles that address bulldog and French bulldog anesthesia.
It comes down to a RISKS vs REWARDS decision
Answer for Risks Rewards of Neutering a Senior Bulldog and French Bulldog TIPS & WARNINGS:
Bulldog Neutering Tip #1 ELECTIVES: I usually recommend getting it done together with other age-related electives such as:
- Dental cleaning
- Deep ear cleaning,
- Nail trim for bulldogs who refuse to have it done awake
- Anal gland express and flush (for chronic impacted cases)
- Mass removals
Bulldog Senior Neutering Tip #2 STEM CELL THERAPY: as mentioned above you can combine neutering with other recommended electives including harvesting stem cells for immediate or future stem cell therapy treatments.
Bulldog Senior Neutering Tip #3 QUICK: neutering is a very fast procedure (10-15 minutes), easy, and with a low chance of any non-anesthesia complications
Bulldog Senior Neutering Warning #1 BCS: make sure that your bulldog is not suffering from any of the brachycephalic syndrome conditions, if so have them repaired before or at the same time with the neutering.
Bulldog Senior Neutering warning #2 BEHAVIORAL: neutering will not always fix or improve behavioral problems. At times the matter should be reviewed by a certified behaviorist or/and helped with supplements such as Dr. Kraemer’s Bully Stressless and Calm Chews. Other times prescription anti-anxiety medication might be required.
Bulldog Senior Neutering Warning #3 BULLY MEDICAL TEAM: as mentioned in many of my articles regardless of your bulldog age the key for uneventfully bulldog anesthesia is an experienced bulldog veterinarian and medical team.
*This guide was compiled courtesy of Dr. Kraemer, a “must-read” manual for any current or future bully owners
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