How Our Cocker Spaniel Reacts After Castration!
by Marlies Walker
Gorgeous Golden Cocker Spaniel Puppy
We purchased our cocker spaniel 5 years ago from a breeder in Gieboldehausen near Göttingen in Germany. He was born on the 2nd September, 2005 as Pedro von Eichsfeld but is now called Olli.
Unfortunately, we didn't notice at first that he only had one testicle. We found out later through our vet, that the other testicle was growing inside of him.
Two months ago we visited our vet to have Olli checked over and to bring his impfung (injections) up to date. The vet advised us to have him castrated as the ingrowing testicle could later cause cancer. We agreed and the vet carried out the castration.
Poor Olli took weeks to get over it and seemed to be in pain for well over a week. My question is, we had always heard that after castration, a dog becomes much quieter, not so robust.
Now Olli was always very soft and friendly and was always excited to see and greet everyone, and actually still is, but the big change is that now on seeing or meeting other dogs he has become very aggressive and goes mad barking and pulling on his lead trying to get at the other dogs - he's almost uncontrollable.
He always had a mind of his own and we have never taught him obedience. We're both 66 years old and easy going. Since our children left home he is our one and only, but we are very worried about how he reacts when we are out and the fact that he barks constantly when he hears someone outside our house.
Since his castration he is a different dog, "is that normal"? "and can we do anything to get him back as he was" - any advice would be appreciated.