Neutering my Dog

If you do not intend breeding from your pet we recommend that that they are neutered at 5-6 months of age.

The advantages for female dogs include:

  1. It prevents your pet coming into heat.

  2. It prevents unwanted pregnancies and unwanted litters.

  3. Early neutering significantly reduces the chances of your pet developing mammary cancers.

  4. Neutering prevents your pet from developing pyometra. This is a severe life threatening disease where the womb becomes infected and fills with pus.


The advantages for male dogs include:

  1. Preventing testicular cancer. Testicular cancer is the second most common cancer in male dogs.

  2. Early neutering prevents diseases of the prostate gland including prostate inflammation, prostrate cancer, cysts and abscesses.


What happens when I leave my pet in at the surgery for this procedure?

Your pet will have a pre-operative check, and will be premedicated with a sedative and painkiller so they donít feel any pain or discomfort. They will then undergo general anaesthesia and surgery will be performed.


In female dogs spaying is the surgical removal of the animalís ovaries and womb. Abdominal surgery will be performed during which the ovaries and the womb will be removed. The abdominal muscles and the skin are then stitched.


In male dogs neutering/castration involves the removal of both testes through an incision in the scrotum.


Your pet will stay in the clinic all day and usually go home that evening. Although sometimes we may decide to keep them in overnight if they have not fully recovered from the anaesthetic.  


What do I need to do when I take my pet home?

Post operative care is similar to that for any routine major surgery. Exercise must be restricted for 14 days and we will need to check your pet and remove any stitches 14 days after the operation.

Specific instructions will be given to you when your collecting your pet regarding

fully recovered from the anaesthetic i.e. revisits will be organised to check the wound and also they go home on medication.


What are the disadvantages?

Obesity is probably the most commonly quoted disadvantage. Judicious feeding of a correct diet without excessive treats should adequately control any problems of fatness, just as it does in entire animals.


Your pet will not become characterless. Guarding ability, intelligence, playfulness and affection are not altered.