Neutering removes the sexual urge from both dogs and bitches and avoids unwanted pregnancies. It is generally carried out surgically.
Neutering the bitch prevents later infections of the womb (pyometra), oestrus bleeding and can reduce incidence of mammary cancer. There appears to be a general misconception that having a litter will improve temperament. There is no scientific evidence to support this theory. A spay operation is performed under general anaesthetic, and the uterus is removed from an incision in your dog’s abdomen. Following the surgery, we always like to re-see our patients for a post-operative check after seven to ten days.
In male dogs, neutering removes the sexual urge in most cases so that if the dog gets the scent of a bitch in oestrus (heat), he is unlikely to show interest. Castration prevents testicular tumours and sometimes conditions involving the prostate gland. It is also used to control hormonal (testosterone) dependent diseases such as tumours around the anus (anal adenomas). Castration is performed under general anaesthetic, and the testes are removed through one small incision. Following the surgery, we will see your pet back in seven to ten days for a post-operative check.
There are many advantages and few disadvantages to having your dog neutered. Both dogs and bitches are usually neutered between six and twelve months of age, although we recommend delaying neutering in certain larger breeds. We will be more than happy to discuss details with you.