Neutering involves spaying a female pet (removal of the ovaries) or castration of a male pet (removal of both testicles). This removes the source of the sex hormones and is recommended for many reasons in small animals.
Why should I spay my dog?
The benefits of Spaying include:
- Prevents the female coming into season and so males will not be attracted to them
- The risk of mammary gland tumours, ovarian and /or uterine cancer is reduced or eliminated especially if done before the first season
- It also eliminates the risk of pyometra which can be a life threatening infection of the womb and is common in older female dogs that haven’t been spayed
- Prevents unwanted pregnancies.
When should I spay my dog?
Bitches are recommended to be neutered prior to their first season (so around 6 months old) or at least 3 months post season
Why should I castrate my dog?
The benefits of castrating include:
- Reduction of unwanted masculine behaviour
- Reduction in the number of unwanted litters
- Undescended testicles have an increased risk of it becoming cancerous and so it is highly recommended to locate and remove the un-descended testicle at an early age.
When should I castrate my dog?
Anytime from 6 months onwards, unless vet states otherwise. Please note that castration is unlikely to be beneficial for dogs with unruly, over excitable adolescent behaviour. Always seek veterinary advice before deciding to castrate your dog.
How long will it take my dog to recover?
Neutering procedures are carried out between Monday - Friday. Recovery at home from the anaesthetic normally only takes a day or so but the wound can take up to around 10 days to fully heal so restricted exercise during this time is recommended. The necessary follow up checks and pain relief are included.
Feel free to book in to speak to a nurse or vet to discuss neutering and to answer any questions you may have.