Neutering your dog – the basics

Neutering your dog – the basics

Neutering your dog – the basics

Neutering my dog – what does this mean?
Neutering is the general term used to describe surgically removing some or all of the reproductive organs of your pet. In males, the operation is called castration and in females it’s called spaying. Both are routine procedures carried out under general anaesthetic.

Why should I get my dog neutered?
Behavioural reasons for having dogs spayed or castrated:
Often encourages more predictable behaviour, making the dog calmer and a more suitable family pet
May reduce aggressive and unwanted sexual behaviour and reduces the likelihood of fighting, and mounting
Dogs that are neutered are less likely to mark their territory or stray
Reduces the likelihood of strange behaviour in bitches coming into season (lasts for about three weeks, twice a year)
Prevents male dogs attempting to escape and seek out a local bitch in season

Health reasons for neutering:
Removes the possibility of potentially fatal womb infections (pyometra) and the significant health risks associated with pregnancy in bitches
Avoids the mess and inconvenience of seasons
Reduces or removes the risks of some cancers in both male and female dogs (including testicular and mammary cancers)

Financial reasons for a spay or castration:
Prevents the unnecessary costs of unplanned pregnancies and raising puppies
Reduces likelihood of large vets’ bills that can be acquired when treating certain illness and accidents caused by unruly behaviour

When should my dog be neutered?
Neutering is traditionally done at a young age, however the operation can be performed at any age. Talk through the options with your vet and they will be able to advise you on the best time for your pet to be spayed or castrated.

I’m not sure that neutering is right for my dog, are there other options?
There are very few situations in which not neutering is the better option. However, if you have specific reasons for waiting or not neutering at all then discuss this with your vet. They may be able to suggests alternative, or put your mind at rest about the procedure.

How much does it cost to get my dog neutered at The Vet?
Prices vary depending on the size of your dog and whether it is male (castration) or female (spay)

Please contact your local centre directly to book your dog in to be neutered.