We recommend neutering at 6 months old for most dogs. In female dogs this is before the first season. The vet may recommend later neutering in some large breed dogs for medical reasons. This means at least 3 months after the first season in females and after 1 year of age in male dogs. Breeds included are Rottweilers, Dobermans, Old English Sheepdogs, Irish Setters and Weimaraners. This is related to these breed’s higher risk of a type of bone tumour called osteosarcoma as early neutering delays growth plate closure which is thought to be linked to an increased risk.
If your female puppy has been diagnosed with juvenile vaginitis she should not be neutered until after her first season. Juvenile vaginitis is difficult to manage once she is neutered and will usually resolve after the first season.
If your female dog shows any signs of urinary incontinence this should also be discussed fully with the vet prior to neutering.
Dogs are admitted to the clinic as day-patients, are neutered under general anaesthetic and are generally ready to go home in the afternoon.
We offer pre-anaesthetic blood testing, intravenous fluids during their stay with us and a choice of anaesthetic gases. These are available for an additional fee and will be discussed further when booking neutering and again on the day of the operation. We do not include these extras automatically in all procedures as we appreciate that they may not be essential in all situations and want to offer competitive prices.
As with any surgery there is always a small risk of complications but the incidence is very low. We recommend that your pet is rested for 10 days after surgery and include in the cost a post-operative check-up after 2-3 days and an appointment for stitches to be removed 10 days after the surgery. Ovariohysterectomies (Spays) are performed as standard through an incision on the underside of the abdomen in bitches and dog castrates have a small incision in front of the scrotum. It is important that your pet doesn’t lick the wound and therefore may require a buster collar or pet shirt.
We include pain relief for 3 days for all bitch spays and dog castrates as we believe it is important to ensure their comfort post-operatively. Any other additional medication would be charged.
Following neutering dogs need about 30% less calories which makes it more important that they are fed correctly. Our nurses are very knowledgeable and are happy to discuss this with you at any point. Royal Canin have a neutered range which is a high protein, nutritionally dense, low fat food, which when fed correctly will help your pet stay in ideal shape.