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    My 7 yr old BLM is having prostate issues. We've decided that neutering is the best procedure now since injury caused early retirement and he will not be bred. I have gotten several differing opinions whether or not to preform a scrotal ablation with the neuter. I want to do which ever has the best outcome and is easiest on the dog in terms of pain and recovery time. Also, our regular vet hasn't preformed an ablation in 10 yrs and said we would need to go to a specialist for the ablation. Hopefully, some of you can weigh in with personal experience.

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    Scrotal ablation is a cosmetic procedure that requires a much larger incision than a standard prescrotal neuter. You will spend more of your hard earned dollars with no benefit to your dog. Plus the scrotum will atrophy anyway.

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    I think the term Scrotal ablation should be outlawed and stricken from all forms of communication forever, empirically.

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    Thank you Dr. Ed for your input. I was hoping you would respond.

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    When an ablation gets brought into the picture for my patients, to me its all based on the need. The reason being that that I have seen several working dogs that were neutered later in life and the scrotum caught on something while working and and caused an injury. But this was with police and military dogs. If he is truly retired and there is little risk of injury then I wouldn't do it. But if he is still hunting and the environment could cause an increased risk then I have no issue performing them. As Ed mentioned above, lots of dogs scrotums tend to atrophy away due to no longer being used, but due to the dogs age there is more of a chance it will not atrophy away anytime soon.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ken Barton View Post
    I think the term Scrotal ablation should be outlawed and stricken from all forms of communication forever, empirically.
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    I actually did this with my first dog, many years ago. Very large incision, ugly. I would not do it again.
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