Why does it look like my dog has balls after neuter? A Complete Guide

Does neutering calm a dog down?

A lot of owners find their dog chills out more after being neutered whether they’re male or female. While neutering your dog might help to calm them down a bit, sometimes that’s not the only cause of a dog being a bit much. … Neutering your dog will only do so much to calm them down – the rest is up to you.

Why does it look like my dog has balls after being neutered?

Neutered dogs do not have testicles. … However, dogs that are neutered later in life will have fully developed scrotums prior to the surgery. After surgery their scrotums will be intact but devoid of testicles. Connective tissue and tied off blood vessels in the scrotum can sometimes look like testicles from a distance.

Why is my dog worse after being neutered?

A: Yes, it’s quite common for male dogs to experience an increase in aggression after being neutered. Neutering your male dog can also cause behavioral symptoms such as increases in fearful behavior, hyperarousal, and more.

Missing Sex?

The second is likely linked to anthropomorphism too, and is that the dog may miss their sex drive, attraction to female dogs or even the ability to have sex. It is the drive of all species to procreate, and by removing a dog’s testicles we are preventing this. In many animals, dogs included, sex is likely to be pleasurable and ‘enjoyable’ (though it is very difficult to prove this). The pleasure serves to encourage the act to produce puppies.

However, it is not likely that castrated dogs miss this drive, as dogs do not view sex and sexuality in the same way as people. Unlike humans, dolphins, bonobos and a few other animals, dogs do not have sexual intercourse for recreation, only procreation. To a dog, sexual pleasure is no different from the pleasure of a head scratch or belly rub. Certainly it holds no different place in their heads, unlike human sexuality.

There are also no reported benefits to having sexual intercourse in dogs and it can even be dangerous. Removing the ability to mate does not mean a dog misses it and wishes they could. In fact, the opposite is likely true. Entire dogs that do not mate may suffer a form of ‘frustration’ as being unable to mate, often seen as destructive, disobedient or humping behaviour. By removing the testicles, thus the ability to mate properly, there is little sex drive for a dog to mate; thus negative behaviour can be reduced.

What happens to a dogs balls after being neutered?

In the UK, castration, the surgical removal of the testicles, is recommended for almost every non-breeding male dog. We’ve written plenty of articles on the reasons why it is encouraged. Castration brings a number of health benefits, can reduce unwanted behaviour, and prevents unwanted puppies from being born. There are mountains of evidence for why castration is a net positive.

However, every procedure has its downsides, which we have also discussed before. But one that is sometimes queried is whether dogs miss their testicles after the operation? Today we will investigate why this question is asked, whether there is any proof dogs miss their testicles, and potential alternatives to castration.