Behavioral changes due to castration in pet animals

Castration in pet animals

Castration is the removal or inactivation of the testicles of a male animal. Castration is a common management tool in the beef cattle sector for many reasons, including to: Stop the production of male hormones.

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Castration may be accomplished by physical, chemical or hormonal techniques. Physical methods are most common. Testicles may be removed surgically or killed by obstructing the blood supply. Young calves may be castrated with rubber rings, Burdizzo or by surgery.

Medical benefits: Castration eliminates the possibility of testicular cancer and greatly reduces the chance of prostate disease, two extremely common and serious problems of older male dogs.

Many older dogs that are not neutered will develop prostate disease or testicular tumors if they survive to an old enough age.

Male sheep, cattle, goats and pigs are routinely castrated in order to reduce aggression and subsequent injury. Methods of castration are either by blade or rubber ring.

At present, castration is carried out as a routine husbandry procedure on young animals without the use of anesthetic or pain relief.

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