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Spaying a female

 

Why should my bitch be spayed?

 

  • Spaying reduces behavioural problems such as straying from home and some dominance problems.

  • It prevents diseases being passed on to offspring.

  • It prevents life threatening uterine infections (pyometra) developing later in life. This is a common cause of death in middle aged bitches.

  • It has a protective effect against breast cancer, another common cause of death. The earlier a bitch is spayed the greater this effect.

  • It prevents false pregnancy and uterine infections.

  • It prevents unwanted pregnancies.

 

What happens when my bitch is spayed?

 

We recommend that she comes in for a complimentary pre-neuter check up with one of our veterinary nurses prior to her operation to check that she is in good health and ready to have her operation.

 

The spay operation involves the administration of a general anaesthetic and the surgical removal of the ovaries and uterus through an incision made on the flank or belly. The fur at the site of the incision will be shaved before surgery.

 

She will be admitted early in the morning of her operation and will stay with us for the day.  She will be able to return home later on the same day and advise that she is kept quiet.  The skin sutures are generally removed after 7 to 10 days.

 

When to spay

 

The ideal time to have your bitch spayed is half way between her first and second seasons. However even middle aged bitches will benefit from being spayed.  A general rule of thumb is to have her spayed 3 months after her season.  

 

 

Castrating a male

 

Why should my dog be castrated?

 

  • Castration can reduce behavioural problems such as aggression, libido and straying from home. The earlier he is castrated the more likely this is to succeed.

  • It prevents diseases being passed on to offspring.

  • It removes the risk of testicular tumours.

  • It will reduce the risk of prostate problems in later life.

  • It prevents unwanted litters of puppies.

 

What happens when my dog is castrated?

 

We recommend that your dog comes in for a complimentary pre-neuter check up with one of our veterinary nurses prior to his operation to check that he is in good health and ready to have his operation.  

 

The castration operation involves removing both testes under general anaesthetic through small incisions into the scrotum. Usually the skin incisions are so small that sutures are not required.

 

He will be admitted early in the morning of his operation and will stay with us for the day.  He will be able to return home later on the same day and advise that he is kept quiet.  

 

Although castration helps reduce behaviour problems, it will not adversely affect his character.

 

 

When should I have my dog castrated?

 

The ideal time to have your dog castrated is very soon after he has reached sexual maturity i.e. about 1 year old.  If your dog has retained testes, it is essential that they are removed because they very often become cancerous.

 

 

Will my dog have different needs once it has been neutered?

 

Once your dog has been neutered there is a stronger tendency for him/her to become obese and so you will need to adjust the amount of food you provide. We recommend feeding a 'neutered dog' diet designed to meet the different nutritional requirements of a neutered dog. One of our vets or nurses will be only to happy to give advice.

Neutering