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Neutering Dogs

The neutering of dogs has many advantages to both your dog and to you the owner. There are however some disadvantages and it is useful to be aware of these before proceeding with the operation. For many the advantages of neutering outweigh the disadvantages so the decision to neuter is taken.

It is also a sad truth that the number of puppies born every year far exceeds the number of good homes that can be found for them. As a result, many are destroyed and some unwanted ones are left abandoned to fend for themselves.

Castration of male dogs

Usually Performed at 6 months of age.

  • Significant reduction in sex hormone-associated behaviours, such as wandering, mounting and aggression.  If your dog has behavioural problems, it is advisable to contact your vet to determine the influence of sex hormones on his behaviour before deciding to neuter him
  • It is a relatively simple and quick procedure
  • Less likely to develop diseases of the prostate later in life
  • Will not develop testicular problems later in life

  • Expected risks associated with anaesthesia.  The anaesthetic risk for fit and healthy dogs undergoing a neutering procedure is generally considered to be low.  We have excellent anaesthetic monitoring facilities to minimise this risk, however f you have concerns regarding general anaesthesia in your pet, speak to one of our vets
  • More likely to put on weight (but usually controlled by feeding less). 

Spaying of bitches

Usually performed before the first season or 3 months after your pets last season, please feel free to contact the practice to make an appointment to discuss neutering if you are considering this. 

  • No chance of unwanted pregnancy
  • No season (heats), so none of the bleeding and attraction of male dogs that occurs with a season
  • No chance of pyometra (a relatively common and serious womb infection)
  • The risk of mammary cancer development is thought to be lower in spayed bitches when spayed before the second season.   

  • Major operation with the normal risks associated with anaesthesia (see above)
  • Spaying bitches is a more difficult operation than castration (so carries greater risks) but is one of the most common operations carried out by vets, usually without any complications
  • More likely to put on weight (but can usually be controlled by feeding less)
  • Some bitches become incontinent later in life (this can usually be successfully controlled by medication). 

The idea of “letting my bitch have just one litter” is to be discouraged, particularly if you can not be sure to find good home for all of them.

If you have any further questions please ask a nurse or make an appointment to see a vet.
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