Neutering of the Dog

At what age should I have my dog neutered?
Any time after 9 months, some owners prefer to wait until their dog is a little older opting for 9-10 months of age.

Why should I have my dog neutered?
To prevent disease in later life, castration can prevent prostatic disease and testicular tumours.
Entire male dogs have a natural urge to mate, and this means finding a female partner, so dogs will often repeatedly try to escape when looking for a mate. If successful they may roam the streets and risk becoming lost or injured. Entire male dogs will also naturally protect their territory, this is sometimes only the house but can possibly become everywhere the dog visits frequently. Aggression may only be directed at other dogs but will sometimes include people. Because domestic dogs are not given the opportunity to mate they often become what we describe as 'over sexed'. If this happens they usually try to mount any object they can, often people’s legs! This can become a nuisance and most owners find it quite embarrassing.  Destructive dogs and very noisy dogs may also benefit from neutering

Are there any side effects?
Fluffy coat quality occurs in some breeds.
Some dogs will crouch to urinate rather than cock a leg.

I have heard that neutered dogs become fat
Any dog fed more than it need for its lifestyle will put on weight regardless of whether it has been neutered or not. Although it seems neutered dogs have a tendency to put on weight more easily, sensible feeding and regular exercise will prevent this.

Some people say that neutering my dog will change his character
Neutering should take away some of the undesirable traits as described above and it can sometimes calm lively dogs down a little. It will not make his character worse.

Are there any risks involved?
Neutering or castration is an operation to remove both testicles. This procedure is performed under general anaesthetic, any anaesthetic carries a slight risk to the patient, these risks may be increased if your dog is old or ill or has any underlying conditions that we may not know about. Risks can and are minimised by the use of up to date anaesthetic drugs that minimise side effects to the patient and a full health check by the vet prior to anaesthesia.
Pre anaesthetic blood testing (optional), veterinary nurse assistance throughout the procedure to aftercare, and cardiac and respiratory monitors from induction to recovery all help to minimise risks.

What will happen on the day?
Your dog will be admitted to the surgery early in the morning for the day. A health check will be performed by the vet and blood sample taken if requested. Once the blood results are checked a pre medication drug will be given to relax him and prepare him for the anaesthetic. The operation will be performed between 10 am and 2pm normally, although any emergency procedures that arrive that day will take priority. He will be observed throughout recovery and kept in to rest, you will be asked to telephone to be given details of when to collect him.

If you want any further information or would like to book an appointment for your pet, please call the surgery and we can arrange this for you.