Neutering Your Dog
We understand that it can be upsetting bringing your dog into the practice to be neutered when they’re still just a pup. But the younger they are, the less complicated the procedure – and we recommend that it’s carried out by five months of age.
Why is neutering important?
- In female dogs, the more oestrus ‘seasons’ she has, the more likely she is to develop potentially very serious medical conditions such as mammary tumours and uterine infections.
- In male dogs, at around six months old they begin to ‘mark’ their territory with urine and can become a bit of a handful. It’s common for dogs to start fighting, running away, become a tad frisky and other troublesome behaviours. Neutering nips this in the bud and also prevents testicular cancer, most prostatic diseases. Neutered dogs have lower incidence of perin-anal adenomata and perineal hernias.
- In both male and female dogs, neutering can increase lifespan by up to 20%.
What to expect on the day
- First of all, your dog is in safe hands. Pain is minimal and our team is highly experienced in looking after young pups.
- They should have had no food from 8pm the previous evening and be given plenty of water to drink.
- Your dog will be admitted before 10am on a weekday morning and return home that evening.
- We use safe anaesthetics and necessary pain relief, though the pain seems to be less in younger dogs.
- On coming around, they’re greeted with a tasty lunch and we’ll give you a call to let you know how they’re doing.
- The internal stitches we use simply dissolve, but we ask you see your dog both three and 10 days after their surgery to make sure all’s well.
A word on anaesthetic
We have your pet’s best interests at heart and go the extra mile to make sure they feel the least pain possible. All dogs all receive a morphine-style painkiller and a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory/painkiller, and females get local anaesthetic at the site of the incision. As far as we know, we’re the only practice that does this. And you’ll be surprised how quickly your pup recovers.
Neutering older dogs
It’s still possible to neuter your dog after five months of age, but we recommend that you don’t wait this long. Neutering earlier is less traumatic for your pet, less complicated a procedure and is also more cost effective. Some behavioural problems can improve if your dog is allowed to go through puberty, but this must be under the guidance of a behaviourist. We are happy to tailor our advice to your and your dog's circumstances, so please feel free to air your views. Once we have removed the testicles we can't put them back!