Benefits of Neutering (male dogs):
- Some male dogs develop antisocial behaviour when they reach maturity. This may be in the form of aggression or sexual behaviour, i.e. mounting other dogs and people.
- Middle-aged and old male dogs are prone to such medical conditions as testicular cancer, anal adenomas or prostate enlargement. If you're not going to let them mate, they will have all the urges but will be unable to do anything about it.
- Neutering reduces the tendency for male dogs to roam after bitches in season
Surgical Neutering in the male involves removing both testicles (castration). Patients are generally allowed home the same day, and have a wound check/suture removal in 7-14days.
Benefits of Neutering (female dogs [bitches]):
- Neutering prevents false pregnancies - a condition that can develop 8-12 weeks after a season. Behaviour changes, nest building, mothering toys, or milk production from enlarged mammary glands may occur as a results of hormonal upsets and take weeks to resolve.
- Neutering reduces the tendency of mammary tumours (breast cancer) and prevents Pyometra’s (a life threatening condition of the womb) most common from middle-age.
- Spaying not only stops bitches from having puppies. but also from coming into season and bleeding. Most bitches have one or two seasons each year, lasting 2-3 weeks.
Neutering or spaying in the bitch involves an ovariohysterectomy to remove the entire reproductive tract. Patients are generally allowed home the same day, and have a wound check/suture removal in 7-14days.
Neutering may increase the risk of weight gain, however this can be due to overfeeding, under exercising or both.
When should I my dog be Neutered?
Traditionally both male and female dogs have usually been neutered at about six months old. Female dogs can be neutered before their first season or 3-4 months after a season. There is no upper age limit for neutering. Your vet will be happy to discuss with you the best time for neutering your dog.