We prefer to treat your dog as an individual and give advice about neutering to suit your dog's breed, temperament and lifestyle. We prefer to have a discussion before the operation is booked to ensure you are aware of all the issues involved to enable you to make an informed decision that is best for your dog.
Please contact reception to make an appointment with a vet or nurse to discuss neutering your dog. The pre-neutering consultation is free.
We would recommend spaying (ovariohysterectomy) between the first and second season, but we will carry out the procedure from 6 months of age if it is necessary for an individual to avoid a season altogether. We would normally examine your bitch before the operation to make sure there is no evidence of a false pregnancy, and to make sure that she is not in season.
Male dogs can also be castrated from 6 months of age. However, we are concerned that there are many unrealistic expectations about the effect of castration of dogs. Neutering is often recommended for behaviour problems and would be advisable if a dog is showing excessive male sexual behaviours. If you are considering having your dog neutered for behavioural reasons, we will advise you to speak with one of our vets before the procedure as it may not be the most appropriate course of action. It is important to diagnose the cause of the problem behaviour.
Further behaviour training in addition to neutering may be advisable. Some cases will require behaviour training before neutering.
We can now offer a hormone implant for male dogs which produces a 'chemical castration' for 6 or 12 months. This option can be discussed at your pre-neutering consultation.