5 November 2017 | Dog Advice

Neutering Your Dog

If you want to breed from your dog that you shouldn't look to neuter. However, if you’re not looking to breed that neutering your dog should be considered. There are lots of benefits to neutering and of course, there are some negatives. This article fully explains the neutering process and the pros and cons.

Neutering process explained

To neuter, your pet means to surgically prevent them from reproducing. In females, it is referred to as spaying and in males, it is referred to as castration. When spaying a female dog, both of their ovaries and uterus are removed and thus the female is no longer able to fall pregnant.

Castration is the removal of both testicles which removes the main source of the male hormone, testosterone.

Neutering process is always carried out under general anesthetic. As with any surgical procedure, it does come with some risks. Your dog will encounter some form of discomfort after the procedure, but you will be provided with aftercare advice and medication to ease the pain.

What age should I get my dog neutered?

Male dogs are neutered around the age of six to seven months. The age can vary depending on what type of dog breed they are. If you are unsure you will need to check with your vet.

Female dogs are normally spayed around the age of six months old. There are pros and cons to spaying your female dog before and after their first season, this largely depends on what type of breed they are. To better understand what your best option is for your dog, please consult with your vet.

Cost of neutering your pet

The cost varies a lot depending on what type of breed you own and the veterinary practice. You will need to check with your registered veterinary practice on what their costs are.

Here are a few reasons for getting your male dog neutered:

  • Less likely to show aggression to other male dogs.
  • Male dogs are less likely to roam, which means they’re less likely to go missing, get into a fight or get hurt. 
  • Significantly reduces the chance of them getting any form of prostate disease and also reduces the risk of them developing some form of cancers. 
  • They are less likely to be the target of aggression from other male dog.
  • Reasons for getting your female dog neutered 
  • Unneutered female dogs have false pregnancies after a season which leads to behavioural problems
  • Pregnancy can be risky to the female dog as well as giving birth 
  • Reduces the risk of them getting breast cancer

Will my dog be ok after neutering surgery?

After your dog has undergone neutering surgery their behaviour will change in a good way. Some dog owners worry that their personality will significantly change, but what you will find is that your dog will be less likely to want to roam, mount, fight

A neutered pet is less likely to become fat as their desire to overeat is reduced after surgery. 

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