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Dog Health

Most of the objections put forward against neutering are unfounded worries. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to speak to us.

 

Male dogs can be neutered from 6 months to:

- Stop or reduce male sex-hormone driven behaviours
- Reduce wandering/roaming/straying (also reducing car accidents)
- Reduce the chances of a dog bite
- Reduce aggression towards other dogs
- Reduce territoriality
- Reduce prostatic disease (something very common in older entire male dogs)
- Remove the risk of testicular cancer (especially common in retained testicles)

 

Bitches should be neutered from 6 months or if they have had a season then 4 weeks after a season or 4 weeks after a false pregnancy.

Early neutering will:
- Dramatically reduce (by 70%) the risk of mammary cancer.
- Stop unwanted heats/seasons - the inconvenience of three weeks of bleeding and attractiveness to male dogs. Bitches in season have been known to scale metre high fences to get out.
- Reduce the risk of false pregnancies, a very common and distressing condition.
- Remove the risk of a pyometra - a life-threatening womb infection very common in older or middle-aged entire bitches.
- Reduce the number of unwanted puppies
- Increase the likelihood of obesity - it is important that neutered bitches are fed slightly less (approx. 10%) than entire bitches. Their weight is in your hands and they will only get fat if they are overfed.
- Increase the chances of a urinary leakage problem - this can occur in entire bitches too, and can be managed by drops.

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