Should I have my dog neutered?

Adviceon August 17th, 2015

Did you know that apart from preventing unwanted pregnancies there are many other benefits to having your dog neutered?

An un-neutered bitch comes into season (heat) twice a year. Seasons typically last for about 3-4 weeks and during this time she will become receptive to the advances of the male dogs in your locality. She may also roam – seeking a mate, and despite your best efforts accidents do happen!!

Neutering (called spaying in bitches) involves the removal of the ovaries and uterus under a general anaesthetic. The most obvious benefit of being spayed is that your dog will no longer have to endure the frustration of coming into season or run the risk of a phantom pregnancy. Spaying also removes the possibility of life threatening uterine infections (pyometras) and reduces the risk of developing potentially fatal mammary tumours later in life.

Entire (un-neutered) male dogs are often driven to distraction when a local bitch is in season. They may escape and may be involved in a road traffic accident or go missing permanently.

Neutering a male dog involves removal of both testes under a general anaesthetic. As well reducing the likelihood of your dog straying, it also eliminates the possibility of testicular cancer, reduces the incidence of prostate gland problems and can be of help in controlling excessive sexual drive with certain behavioural problems.

Please don’t hesitate to ask us for any further information on neutering your pet!