Are dogs "scrotally aware"?


Are dogs "scrotally aware"?

Two studies are challenging long-held perceptions on the best place to make an incision for castration in dogs.
Oct 20, 2017

The notion that dogs are prone to self-trauma after procedures that involve the shaving of, surgical preparation of or cutting through the scrotum has been contradicted by a pair of studies, according to Fetch dvm360 conference speaker Amanda Dykstra, DVM.

"We have avoided scrotal castration for a long time, but [a 2015 study by Woodruff, Bushby et al.] showed that this [self-trauma] isn't necessarily the case," she says.

In this video Dr. Dykstra imparts how this and another study point to the fact that dogs are two to four times more likely to cause self-trauma if neutered pre-scrotally. Click to learn more.