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Prescrotal orchidectomy

6guinea pig

Synonym(s): Castration, Neutering


Introduction

  • Decreases male-male aggression.
  • Prevents reproduction and, for pets, allows males and females to be housed together.
  • Decreases urine odor and scent marking. Pet owners may not notice this.
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Uses

Advantages

  • This approach allows for superior preparation of the surgical site.
  • It is some distance from the scrotum, rectum and folds of skin.
  • The thin, delicate skin of the scrotum does not have to be shaved.

Disadvantages

  • In the guinea pig, because of the location of the penis, a single mid-line incision cannot be made like in the rabbit.
  • Bilateral incisions must be made just cranial to the base of the hemiscrotal sacs.
  • Rates of infection are higher when compared to abdominal castration.

Requirements

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Preparation

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Procedure

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Aftercare

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Outcomes

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Prognosis

  • Excellent for full recovery and healing.

Further Reading

Publications

Refereed Papers

Other sources of information

  • Guilmette J, Langlois I, Helie P et al (2015) Comparative study of 2 surgical techniques for castration of guinea pigs (Cavia porcellus). Can J Vet Res 79 (4), 323-328.
  • Lennox A M (2015) Alternative Surgical Options for Elective Altering in Exotic Companion Mammals. In: Proc Assoc Exotic Mammal Veterinarians. Session 0502-000063. pp 435-444.
  • Bennett R A (2012) Soft Tissue Surgery. In: Ferrets, Rabbits, and Rodents Clinical Medicine and Surgery. 3rd edn. Eds: Quesenberry K E & Carpenter J W. Elsevier. pp 373-391.
  • Hawkins M G & Pascoe P J (2012) Anesthesia, Analgesia and Sedation of Small Mammals. In: Ferrets, Rabbits, and Rodents Clinical Medicine and Surgery. 3rd edn. Eds: Quesenberry K E & Carpenter J W. Elsevier. pp 429-451.

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