Dog Speying and Castration

We recommend that male and female dogs are desexed at 5-7 months of age. There are several important reasons for this:

  • Reduces the risk of unwanted pregnancy and the number of unwanted puppies
  • Makes dogs more receptive to training (especially male dogs) and can make dogs less territorial and less aggressive
  • Reduces the risk of mammary tumours in females
  • Eliminates the risk of uterine infections (pyometras) in female dogs
  • Eliminates the risk of testicular cancer and reduces the risk of prostate problems in males.

Female dogs will come into season from 5-12 months of age depending on their breed. Female dogs DO NOT need to have a season before being desexed. In fact, the risk of developing malignant mammary tumours is only 0.5% in dogs that are speyed before their first season. This jumps to 8% in dog’s speyed after their first season then to a 26% risk after their second season.

Dog Speying

Why should I have my dog speyed?
We recommend speying all female pets. The benefits to your pet’s health and to help reduce the pet overpopulation crisis make this decision easier.

What are the advantages of speying in the female dog?
Prevention of “heat” or oestrus When in “heat”, the female experiences an urge to escape in order to find a mate. This unwanted and dangerous behaviour is eliminated. It eliminates the possibility of false pregnancy following the “heat cycle” Prevention of uterine infection known as pyometra The prevention of breast cancer. Dogs speyed before the first “heat” have less than 0.5% chance of developing breast cancer. Elimination of the risk of uterine and ovarian cancer.

Is speying performed for any other reason?
The operation may be performed for several medical conditions.
These include:

  • Treatment of intractable false or phantom pregnancy
  • Females with irregular or abnormal cycles due to ovarian cysts
  • Speying is also carried out on occasions to correct certain behavioural abnormalities
  • Treatment of uterine infection (pyometra) or cancer
  • Dystocia (difficult birthing) or post caesarean-section surgery

What are the disadvantages?
Obesity is probably the most commonly quoted disadvantage of speying. Obesity is the result of overfeeding and lack of physical activity. By regulating your dog’s diet and caloric intake, you can prevent obesity in speyed or intact females.
Speying doesn’t cause a change in personality, guarding instincts, intelligence, playfulness, or affection.

Are there any post-operative precautions I should take?
Rest and restriction of activity are the primary post-operative care you should provide. Most dogs can resume normal activity five to ten days after surgery. Until then, leash walks, no running or climbing stairs and lots of rest are the rule.

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Dog Castration

What are the advantages of castrating my male dog?

  • Reduces the risk of prostate cancer & prostatitis
  • Reduces the risk of hormone-related diseases such as perianal adenoma
  • Eliminates the risk of testicular cancer, the second most common cancer in intact dogs
  • Removal of sexual urges, which usually decreases roaming behaviours
  • Reduction of certain types of aggression

What are the disadvantages?
The most quoted disadvantage of castration is that the dog will become fat & lazy. Obesity is the result of overfeeding and not exercising enough. By regulating your dog’s diet and exercise levels, you can prevent obesity in castrated or intact males. Castrating doesn’t cause a change in personality, guarding instincts, intelligence, playfulness, or affection.

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