Neutering Your Puppy
We recommend neutering your pet if you are not intending to breed from them. Neutered dogs generally tend to be less aggressive to other dogs and humans and less prone to straying. There are also a significant number of health benefits particularly for female dogs.
Please find a downloadable leaflet containing all you need to know for your pet's procedure here
Spaying a Female
We generally advise females are spayed mid-way between seasons so that they are definitely not “on heat.” The safest time to spay is exactly 3 months after the first season started (but it can be done 3 months after any season) or pre –puberty from 5 & ½ months of age. Spaying before the fist season massively reduces the risk of the dog version of breast cancer in later life. Spaying prevents unplanned pregnancies but also has major health benefits too
- Prevention of false pregnancies.
- Prevention of womb infections (pyometra) later in life. These can be fatal without an emergency hysterectomy and are a relatively common occurrence in un-spayed females over the age of 10.
- Spaying (particularly when young, i.e. under 2 years old) greatly reduces the risk of malignant breast cancers later in life.
The spaying operation involves a general anaesthetic and the surgical removal of both ovaries and the uterus through a small incision made in the midline of her abdomen. We will ask you to withhold food from about 6pm the night before, to ensure that there is no food in her stomach for the anaesthetic. She will be able to return home the same day. She will have a few skin sutures that will removed after 10 days. There will be some fur shaved from one or both forelegs where anaesthetic injections have been given and on her tummy where the incision has been made.
Castrating a Male
We recommend castrating male dogs either before puberty at 5 1/2months or over 18months for certain breeds (your vet will discuss this with you). Other than birth control, the main reasons for this are:
- Reduced the tendency to roam
- Reduced aggressiveness to other dogs
- Reduced fruity behaviour on household objects, or even people!
- Remove the risk of developing testicular tumours.
- Reduce the risk of prostate disease later on in life.
Some dogs may never show any behavioural problems and so you may decide against castration. However, if your dog does develop unwanted behaviours consider castrating him sooner rather than later as it can become a habit, which surgery will not solve.
Castration involves removing both testes under general anaesthetic through small incision in front of the scrotum. We use dissolvable sutures that do not require removal.
Post-Operative Care (Both sexes)
Your pet might be drowsy for a few hours after their anaesthetic. We will ask you to rest your pet for about 10 days after the operation, to allow their surgical wound to heal. Most dogs recover extremely quickly and are back to their normal selves within a few hours
A small bland meal can be offered in the evening. You can either prepare some chicken and rice, or we can supply a suitable recovery food in tins.
Most dogs benefit from a diet tailored for neutered dogs after neutering. The removal of testosterone/oestrogen means they have a lower calorie requirement, but confusingly they often become hungrier! We will discuss tweaking their diet