We believe that neutering your dogs (spaying for females and castration for males), should be considered in the following circumtances:
- For population control and to prevent the perpetuation of genetic defects
- To reduce sexually motivated behaviours in male dogs, such as straying response to bitches in season.
- For medical reasons, e.g. to prevent or remove testicular tumours, or reduce perianal adenoma or prostatic hyperplasia.
- To prevent potential problems associated with oestrus cycle (oestrus, season, or heat), false pregnancy and the risk of developing mammary tumours.
- To prevent or remove pyometra and other uterine diseases.
(British Small Animal Veterinary Association)
Dogs can be neutered from 6 months' old. Some people prefer to wait until female bitches have had their first season before neutering, in which case the operation can be arranged for 3 months after this (the pros and cons of this can be discussed with one of our vets).
Before neutering, we advise consulting one of our vets to discuss the role of sexual hormones in the development of certain behaviours.