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Dog Neutering

Female Dog Neutering Advice

At Kingsteignton Veterinary Group we aim to offer the best advice for our clients. This page is to offer you our best information on neutering for your animals.

They can be neutered (spayed-removal of ovaries and womb) at any stage of their life after six months of age. There are some instances where neutering before the first season is not advisable (see below) and in these instances we recommend that your pet is not neutered until three months after her first season.

The advantages of neutering (spay) are:

  • Elimination of heat/season

  • No false pregnancies

  • Less likely to develop pyometra (infection of the womb – can be life threatening)

  • A reduced incidence of mammary tumours if done before 24 months of age and it will significantly reduce further if done before its first season.

The disadvantages of neutering (spay) are:

  • Tendency to put on weight. We advise to reduce the intake of food and offer you to come back to the practice for a weight check with our Qualified Veterinary Nurses 1 month after surgery.

  • Urinary incontinence; not common but can occur.

  • Changes in coat texture/colour e.g. Fluffy coat in spaniels.

We advice not to neuter (spay) before their first season if any of the following applies:

  • They have juvenile vaginitis

  • They are of a breed that is predisposed to urinary incontinence such as; Weimaraners, Dobermans, Rottweiler, Boxer, Golden Retriever, English Springer Spaniel, Old English Sheep Dog, Irish Setter and giant breeds.

Male Dog Neutering Advice

At Kingsteignton Veterinary Group, we aim to offer the best advice to our clients. This page is to offer you our best information for neutering for your animals.

We advise to neuter (castrate – removal of both testes) male dogs from twelve months and onward or once they are lifting their leg to urinate. We neuter earlier if they are showing changed behavioural issues.

The advantages of neutering (castration) are:

  • Elimination of unsociable sexual tendencies

  • Less inclined to wander

  • Eliminate prostate problems

  • Reduced incidences of anal adenomas

  • Eliminates testicular cancers

  • Reduces aggression.

The disadvantages of neutering (castration) are:

  • May gain weight. We advice to reduce the intake of food and offer you to come back to the practice for a weight check with our Qualified Veterinary Nurses 1 month after surgery.

  • Coat may change colour and texture.

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