Clarendon Street Vets’ guide to puppy neutering
July 14, 2023
When a puppy approaches sexual maturity it’s a good idea to think about the many benefits of neutering. A litter of puppies may seem like a lovely idea but the reality can be messy and demanding and a huge responsibility.
Take a look at Clarendon Street Vets’ guide to puppy neutering below and contact our team if you have any further questions.
As ‘lockdown’ puppies are relinquished as people return to work, and other pets are relinquished due to the rising cost of living., many shelters and rescue organisations are overcrowded with unwanted dogs, looking for loving homes. Making a responsible choice to neuter your puppy helps prevent unwanted litters that could contribute to the problem.
Our Vet Patrick advises that neutering can have health benefits for both male and female dogs. For male dogs, neutering (also known as castration) can reduce the risk of certain types of cancers, and it can help prevent testicular and prostate problems. For female dogs, neutering (also known as spaying) can reduce the risk of mammary cancer, ovarian cysts, and uterine infections.
Neutering can also have behavioural benefits for dogs. Male dogs that are castrated are less likely to roam or exhibit sexually aggressive behaviour. They may also elicit less of a reaction from other males. Female dogs that are spayed are less likely to exhibit behaviour associated with their heat cycles, such as crying or restlessness. They will also avoid the unwanted attention of male dogs while out walking when in season.
Timing is important …
The timing of neutering can vary depending on the breed and temperament of the dog. In general, most puppies are neutered between six and nine months of age. However, some breeds may benefit from being neutered earlier or later, and female dogs should not be neutered too close to a season. It is important to discuss the timing of neutering with one of our vets to determine the best approach for your individual dog.
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The Neutering Process
The process of neutering is different for male and female dogs.
In males, the testicles are removed through a small incision in the scrotum. In females, the ovaries and uterus are removed through an incision in the abdomen. For both males and females, the surgery is a day surgery, performed under general anaesthesia and your dog will require some recovery time to heal. Our team of nurses will be able to advise on what healthy healing should look like once your dog is discharged, and what aftercare is required.
It is important to discuss the pros and cons of neutering with your vet to determine the best approach for your individual puppy. We are always very happy to answer any question son this or any other pet care topic