The Dangers Of Neutering Dogs Through Banding

When you take on a dog you have to make an important decision about whether you want to have your dog neutered, preventing them from having puppies in the future. There is more than one way to neuter your dog. One popular method is surgical neutering, but there also exists the practice of banding male dogs. Banding involved placing elastic bands around the top of the testicles, cutting off the blood supply until the testicles fall off. This method of neutering brings with it a range of potential risks and dangers. This article will identify and explain these dangers, plus provide you with a safer viable alternative.


One of the biggest risks that come with banding are infections. This issue was strongly asserted in the Small Animal Internal Medicine book. Dogs often lick and scratch at the problem area, causing any number of complications, infections being at the top of that list. While these infections can be mild, sometimes they will develop into serious infections that could potentially take the life of your dog.

An infection can spread through the body quickly and if your dog’s immune system is already compromised, then it can be extremely challenging and expensive to treat. If you are thinking about banding your dog, it is absolutely worth consulting your local vet first.

Serious Self-inflicted Injury

The band can be so uncomfortable and painful that your dog may try just about anything to relieve the pain. Recently the PETA’s Cruelty Investigations Department highlighted a particularly unpleasant case that illustrated this point. A lab/pit-bull mix was left at a veterinary surgery, bleeding excessively. Vets eventually identified the remains of a band, and then realized the bleed had been caused by the dog virtually chewing off its own testicles to ease its suffering.

This nasty case demonstrates the harm, pain and discomfort banding can cause, and that preventing complications associated with banding can be challenging. Banding is usually used because it is cheap. If cost is your motivation for considering banding, it is still worth consulting your vet, who will be able to point you towards cost-effective options.

The Alternative

Banding comes with a number of significant risks. Instead, there are safer alternatives to consider. The most popular alternative is surgical neutering. This involves surgically removing the testicles of your dog under anesthetic, preventing any possibility of puppies being conceived in future. Joyce Obradovich for the Journal of Veterinary Internal medicine highlighted the safety surgical neutering offers.

Surgical neutering can take place anytime after your dog is 8 weeks old, but many vets wait until your dog has hit puberty at 6 months old. For guidance and advice on the best time, consult your local vet. If you are concerned about the cost, there exists a number of low-cost clinics that spay and neuter dogs at low rates.

The Banding Conclusion

Banding is a controversial way to neuter your dog and for good reason. By restricting the blood flow to your dog’s testicles, they will die and eventually fall off. But this brings with it a whole host of problems. It can cause life-threatening infections and a range of other complications. Instead, you can have your dog surgically neutered, which is far safer. Your local vet will be able to advise you on the neutering process and direct you to affordable clinics.

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