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NEUTERING YOUR DOG
Neutering your dog has many lifestyle and health benefits.
Spaying will prevent the occurrence of a common life threatening uterine infection called Pyometra, and will
dramatically reduce the risk of mammary cancer if performed at a young age; before the second season. There
will also normally be a cessation of seasons with no bleeding or behavioral changes and no unwanted
pregnancies or "false pregnancies".
There may be temperament changes, some bitches becoming more docile, and some will have an increased
tendency to gain weight. You may wish to speak to a Vet/Nurse about a special diet for neutered dogs. There
could be a slightly increased incidence of urinary incontinence in later life, particularly if surgery is performed at
a very young age. During the procedure there is a small risk of haemorrhage and problems can occur within the
skin wound such as an infection. However, these are not common and Animates always endeavors to ensure
that these risks are kept to a minimum.
Ovariohysterectomy (removal of the ovaries and uterus) is performed through a cut along the abdomen. When
the patient is overweight or very big there is a greater tendency toward bleeding and bruising. This is a major
surgery, even though it is performed routinely, but the incidence of complications is very low. Recovery can take
several days and healing several weeks. We ask that your pet returns to the surgery after 2-3 days for a
post-operative check and 10 days to remove sutures.
We recommend bitches are neutered from 6 months of age. This is sometimes altered for medical reasons.
Castration has some health benefits. It greatly reduces the risk of prostate disease including abscess and
tumours which are very painful and can be life threatening. Removal of testosterone production means behavior
is often less aggressive after the surgery, particularly towards other dogs. Over-amorous behavior is also much
reduced, which can help to reduce straying.
There may be temperament changes with your dog becoming more docile. They may also gain weight due to
hormonal changes. No dog has to gain weight and this can be controlled through diet and exercise. Speak to a
nurse about the best diet for your neutered dog.
Castration (removal of the testicles) is normally performed though a single incision in front of the scrotum.
Recovery normally takes a day or so. When testicles are retained within the abdomen (one or none present
within the scrotum) castration in strongly recommended due to the high risk of testicular cancer. We ask that
your pet returns to the surgery after 2-3 days for a post-operative check and 10 days to remove sutures.
We recommend male dogs are neutered from 6 months of age.