Neutering is one of the most common procedures carried out by vets – often to avoid unwanted dog pregnancies, of course, but also to reduce some risks to health and behaviour.
Our vet Paul has put together some advice for anyone considering neutering their dog, so please keep reading if you want to know more. Then if you’d like to take things further, simply contact us to make an appointment.
Why people choose to neuter dogs
The most obvious reason is to avoid new puppies, as well as the potential complications of pregnancy and birth. But there are other important motivations, too.
Castrated male dogs are less likely to get prostate disease and certain cancers, while spayed female dogs are less likely to get breast cancer and womb infections (such as pyometra).
Behaviour is also a factor, as unneutered male dogs can be more flighty or aggressive, or attract aggression from other dogs; while unneutered female dogs can undergo mental changes as the result of a false pregnancy, which is common after a fertile period.
The best age for dog castration or spaying
For male dogs, neutering is advised at 6-7 months and upwards, but varies by breed. If you’d like to talk this over with someone, get in touch so we can book an appointment for you at Rockingham Road Veterinary Surgery.
Female dogs can be spayed from 6 months of age, and contrary to popular belief, there’s no reason to wait until after their first season.
With both genders, waiting too long can reduce the behavioural and health-related benefits of neutering, so it’s important to bear this in mind.
What next? Well, if your dog is approaching six months of age and you’d like to know more about our neutering procedures, get in touch to arrange an appointment with Paul or another member of our friendly veterinary team.