Neutering Dogs: What you need to know

Neutering your dog – What you need to know

 

Neutering is beneficial for both your dog and you as a pet owner. There is a misconception that having a litter can be good for a female dog, but there is no evidence to support this. Neutering for female and male dogs is recommended at around 6 months, depending on the breed and health of your dog.  Always speak to your Best Friends vet about neutering as they will be able to advise on the right approach specifically for your dog, and our experienced veterinary surgeons can perform the procedure for you within practice.

Unfortunately, unwanted litters and unwanted puppies are a reality, and there is an overpopulation of dogs in the UK. Rehoming centres are full and stray dogs are a problem when unwanted dogs cannot be rehomed.

 

Neutering for Female Dogs

 

If unneutered, female dogs will come into season around every 6 months. They can attract unneutered males, which can be stressful for you and for them. When a female dog is in season, they can produce blood for several weeks or have seasons that are more silent where you do not notice any symptoms.

Not having your female dog neutered can also lead to a very serious condition called Pyometra. This means infection of the womb. It can be a fatal condition and your dog will need immediate treatment. Please speak to your vet about this for further information.

Neutering of females involves removal of the ovaries, and usually uterus under a general anaesthetic.  This is known as spaying and is done as a day procedure at your local Best Friends Vet Branch.  Always speak to your Best Friends Vet about spaying your dog, as they can provide all the advice and information you need.

 

Neutering for Male Dogs

 

Neutering a male dog prevents them roaming and going in search for a female dog who is in season. This may also lead to them trying to escape, when you are walking them, or from your home. Often neutering your dog means a reduction in their testosterone meaning less dominant and calmer behaviour can be seen.

Neutering of a male dog involves removing both testicles under a general anaesthetic.  This is known as castration and can be done as a day procedure at your local Best Friends Vet Branch.  Always speak to your vet about castrating your dog, as they can provide all the advice and information you need.

 

Speak to your Best Friends Vet about neutering your dog.

 

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