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Published: Feb 16, 2012

Having your male dog neutered can provide a number of different benefits, and if you decide to go through with the procedure there are a few things to keep in mind about your pet's recovery. First and foremost, the operation removes the testicles, which takes away a canine's ability to reproduce. VCA Animal Hospitals reports that neutering a dog may also treat some forms of aggression, and it does away with the risk of testicular cancer.

Since the procedure is considered a major surgery, dog shots of anesthesia will be necessary. The SPCA of Texas recommends that following castration surgery, your dog will need plenty of rest and any activity should be kept to a minimum for the first few days of healing. You'll also need to keep an eye on the incision scar, as it is susceptible to infections. Some swelling, redness and even fluid excretion is to be expected, but if it worsens, you should contact the veterinarian right away, according to the SPCA.

Most dogs should be back to normal within five to 10 days, VCA states. Until then it is a good idea to avoid excessive exercise, such as running or climbing stairs, as this may reopen the incision or cause the dog pain.