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    I don't know if I'm posting this in the right place, so sorry if it's not.
    Does anyone have any thoughts about or experience with chemical castration ?
    I have 12 week old pup that really should be done before too long and I've been considering my options.
    I saw a pamphlet for chemical castration at the vet when I took my dog to get his second vaccination, but I got called in before I had a chance to read it.
    Is it for both male and female dogs or just one sex in particular ?
    Any positive or negative feedback would be appreciated.

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    I would love to know more also.
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    I know you can put female dogs on "the pill" which stops them from going on heat.

    I don't know if there is a way to chemically stop a male from being fertile that is otherwise safe for the dog.

    Some vets do vasectomies on dogs.

    Usually when the word "castration" is used, they're talking about making males infertile. It means chopping their balls off. Females don't have testicles.

    Why would you not go the traditional desex way? If you like the look of dog nuts (I think they're ugly but some blokes feel a link between their own balls and their dog's balls), you can also get prosthetic balls ie the dog looks like he still has his nuts when he doesn't and only you need know.

    Some vets will desex a dog male or female at 12 weeks or even younger. Especially the ones who work for rescues like AWL.

    National Desexing Network | Home

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    I know a number of people that have chemical castrated their dogs for a period of time. Seems quite safe and effective. One is the owner of an agility and obedience dog that is also an Australian champion show dog, when it came time to breed him she lets the effects wear off and he is able to breed.

    Another friend does the same with her show dog and it is very effective. I dont know the details, just that is seems effective. I think castrating a normal pet dog would be a good way to go.

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    My mum has had the implant done to 2 of her dogs.

    One was dog aggressive as well as over-sexed. It fixed his over-sexed problem 100% but did nothing to curb his aggression. He was 3 years old.

    The other was simply over-sexed, he annoyed their desexed females constantly. The implant did not change a thing... however, he is 9 years old so his may be more a case of habit than hormones.

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    Thanks crested that was the info I was after.
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    No worries, from experience they can be pretty hit and miss. What works brilliantly for one dog may do nothing for another.

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    Thanks for the replies.
    @Hyacinth I was just weighing up my options really. If there is any way to avoid surgery then I'll take that option every time. I've had a few surgical procedures myself and they have all been unsuccessful, and there has been complications a few times as well.
    I thought it could be cheaper too, and if it can be done under local anaesthetic it would be quicker and easier on the dog.

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    Ah

    I did find with google a method that used to be used, was withdrawn - I don't know why - where they injected some chemical into the sac which effectively killed the testicles. Not sure how that could be side effect free either.

    I know with sheep they generally use a very tight rubber band. I expect that would work too but I imagine it might be painful.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Crested_Love View Post
    My mum has had the implant done to 2 of her dogs.

    One was dog aggressive as well as over-sexed. It fixed his over-sexed problem 100% but did nothing to curb his aggression. He was 3 years old.

    The other was simply over-sexed, he annoyed their desexed females constantly. The implant did not change a thing... however, he is 9 years old so his may be more a case of habit than hormones.
    Very true.

    We had a 6 year old dog desexed as the vet reckoned it might stop him roaming (he could jump 6 ft fences without even touching the top) and it actually made him worse.

    I reckon the younger you desex the better. Alot of behaviours become habit (aggression, humping etc) and desexing them later will nto help with habitual behaviour it will only help if the behaviour is testosterone fueled...unfortunately, you sometimes cant tell which it is until you get them desexed lol

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