Neutering and Spaying
There are a number of different reasons to neuter [males] or spay [females] your dog. Both are surgical procedures which will prevent your dog from reproducing.
Benefits of Neutering / Spaying
- Increase your pet's chances for a longer, healthier life
- In females, it reduces their chances of developing mammary cancer and removes the risk of uterine and ovarian infections
- In males, it removes the risk of testicular cancer and may prevent prostate related illness.
- Males that are neutered early in life are less aggressive towards other dogs, and will not be distracted by females in heat.
- Spayed females will have reduced desire to roam and breed while also helping to prevent unwanted attention from male dogs
- Spaying will prevent the birth of unwanted puppies, and will stop the twice-annual heat period
Will it Hurt?
Both neutering and spaying procedures are carried out under general anesthetic, and is normally painless, straightforward and low risk. Your dog may experience some discomfort for a short time during recovery. You vet is best positioned to answer any specific questions you may have.
When to Neuter / Spay?
It is normally recommended that neutering / spaying takes place at 6 to 7 months. Consultation with your vet will determine the best time for your dog.