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Neutering Your Dog

Spaying

Bitches become sexually mature from 6 months of age. In larger, slower maturing dogs, this will be later. On average bitches come into season approximately every 6 months, each season lasting about 21 days. We recommend that most bitches are spayed at 6 months of age, before they have their first season. There are some instances when we recommend bitches have one season before spaying. We spay these dogs 3 months after the season is finished.

We recommend spaying for all non-breeding bitches for several different reasons:

  • Spaying removes the ‘hassle factor' of having an in-season dog, meaning there is no bleeding from the vulva, no associated behavioural changes, and no harassment from the neighbourhood boys!!!
  • False pregnancies (pseudo pregnancy) can be completely avoided.
  • Spaying completely removes the risk of a uterine infection (pyometra) that commonly affects bitches older than 6 years of age.
  • Spaying markedly reduces the risk of uterine cancer. There are many different opinions regarding the timing of spaying bitches. If spayed before the first season, the chance of your dog getting mammary cancer is reduced by approximately 80%.

 

It is a common misconception that ‘spaying makes dogs fat'. In reality the metabolic rate may reduce but as long as your dog is exercised regularly and fed a good balanced diet, this should not create an issue. If you are worried about your dogs' nutrition or weight, please book in for a ‘weight' consultation with one of our vets or nurses and we will be more than happy to discuss your dogs' on-going care.

 

Castration

We recommend castration of most dogs from about 5-6 months of age. In some dogs we elect not to neuter at this age as they may benefit from remaining entire for a longer period and in some cases, permanently.

The benefits of castration include:

  • Castration significantly reduces the risk of prostate diseases or disorders that can cause urinary problems in later life.
  • Castration obviously prevents testicular cancer.
  • When performed in combination with behavioural training in young animals the development of undesired behaviour such as dominance, aggression, roaming and territorial marking can be reduced or prevented.