Dog Neutering Advice
- All dogs are neutered, unless intended for breeding.
- Monitoring weight and food intake is important post operatively.
What is neutering?
In the male, this is called castration, and simply involves removing both testicles. In the female, the operation is commonly called spaying, and both ovaries and the womb are removed.
Why is it good to neuter your male pet?
In older dogs, testicular tumours, anal tumours and diseased of the prostate gland are common. Castration is a valuable preventative measure in these cases and may reduce problematic behaviour traits such as aggression, hyper-sexual and territorial behaviour.
Why is it good to spay your female pet?
Apart from the obvious advantage of preventing unwanted litters, spaying provides some definite practical and health benefits. Your pet will no longer have seasons (with all the associated management difficulties), future life-threatening diseases of the womb (pyometra and cancer) will be prevented, and risk of breast cancer will be very much reduced.
When should the operation be performed?
As soon as possible after 5 months of age. For females, this is before their first season, which virtually eliminates the risk of mammary tumours in later life.
Are there any disadvantages of neutering?
Neutering is a surgical procedure and involves an anaesthetic, hence there are small risks. However, in a young healthy animal, these risks are minimal, compared to the risk of problems if unneutered. Neutered animals have a reduced metabolic rate, and so there may be a tendency to put on weight if the same quantity of food is given. However, a slight reduction of food intake should prevent this. One of our healthcare nursing team would be happy to discuss any queries with you.