Neutering

Neutering can make for a better and more affectionate family pet. It is a medical fact that spaying and castration can prolong the life of our pets and may reduce the number of health problems in later life.  Females can benefit from spaying by reducing the incidence of uterine, mammary, and ovarian cancers. It can also reduce the incidence of uterine infections such as Pyometra.

This is a recent Pyometra performed at the surgery, this uterus from a terrier is about 4 times the size it should be

Castrating a male reduces the risk of prostate and testicular cancer. They are less likely to develop unwanted behaviour’s such as marking, sexual aggression, and mounting, they are also less likely to escape, roam, or fight with other dogs.

For male dogs, neutering involves removal of both testicles; for bitches, the removal of the womb and ovaries (ovariohysterectomy), or just the ovaries (ovariectomy).

Every year, thousands of unwanted dogs are put to sleep at shelters across the country. Many of these are the result of accidental breeding by free-roaming, un-neutered dogs. The more dogs spayed or neutered, the fewer will have to be destroyed.