At Canis Domi we neuter all dogs that come into us for care and rehoming.
Neutering can have really great benefits both to your pet and to you. Plus you’ll be doing your bit to help the growing crisis of pets being abandoned, dumped or given away because there aren’t enough homes to go around.
What is neutering?
Neutering means surgically preventing pets from reproducing. In males, the operation is called castration and in females it’s called spaying.
With castration both testicles are removed which takes away the main source of the male hormone testosterone. With spaying, both the ovaries and the uterus are removed which means the female is unable to become pregnant.
What’s involved in the neutering process?
Both operations are carried out under general anaesthetic. Every surgical procedure has some risk but modern techniques are very safe.
Because it involves surgery, there will be some discomfort but dogs are given drugs to control this and most of them are up and about just a few hours after they’ve had their operation.
How much does it cost to neuter your dog?
The cost of castration or spaying a dog can vary a lot depending on the type of dog you have so it’s best to check with your vet.
When should I get my dog neutered?
Female dogs can be spayed from around six months old and there’s no benefit to waiting until they’ve had their first season. Some of the health benefits of spaying are actually reduced if you wait until your dog has had a season, however some larger breeds can develop other problems if they are neutered too early, so you should discuss this with your vet.
Male dogs can be neutered from six to seven months old although the exact age varies depending on their breed, so speak to your vet – but don’t leave it too late otherwise the benefits associated with castration start to reduce.