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Neutering your dog

Our team of experienced veterinarians are dedicated to providing compassionate care and expert guidance throughout your dog's neutering journey.

Explore this page to learn about the procedure, its positive impacts on behavior, and the various health advantages it offers.

At what age should I neuter my dog?

The ideal age for neutering can vary depending on the dog's breed, size, and overall health. In general, it is recommended to neuter dogs before they reach sexual maturity, usually between 6 to 9 months of age.

What are the benefits to neutering my dog?

Male dogs (Castration)

  • Prevention of testicular cancer: Neutering eliminates the risk of testicular cancer, a common health issue in unneutered male dogs.

  • Decreased roaming tendencies: Neutered males are less likely to roam in search of females, reducing the risk of accidents, getting lost, or encountering dangerous situations.

  • Urine marking prevention: Neutered males are less likely to mark their territory by spraying urine, helping to maintain a cleaner and odour-free environment.

  • Behavioural improvements: Neutering can lead to a calmer demeanor and a reduction in certain territorial and sexually driven behaviours.

Female dogs (Spay)

  • Prevention of uterine infections: Spaying eliminates the risk of potentially life-threatening uterine infections, such as pyometra.

  • Elimination of heat cycles: Spaying removes the behavioral and physical changes associated with a female dog's heat cycle, including bleeding, restlessness, and attracting male dogs.

  • Reduced risk of mammary tumors: Spaying before the first heat significantly reduces the risk of mammary tumors, which can be cancerous in dogs.

  • Prevention of unwanted litters: Spaying ensures that your female dog cannot become pregnant, helping to control the dog population and prevent the challenges associated with caring for and finding homes for puppies.

 

Is it safe?

It is a simple, quick and low-risk procedure - most animals will be in and out of the clinic on the same day. However, as with any surgery, there are risks associated such as infection, adverse reactions to anaesthesia, or complications during the recovery period. We will discuss these with you beforehand and help to minimise the risks. 

How long is the recovery period after neutering?

Recovery time can vary, but dogs generally require a few days to a couple of weeks to heal fully.

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