Dog Neutering, also known as castration in males and spaying in females, is a surgical procedure to remove a dog’s reproductive organs. The main purpose of dog neutering is to prevent unwanted pregnancies, however, dog neutering also comes with lots of other benefits to a dog’s health and well-being.
When considering the important decision of neutering your beloved pooch, choose Croft Vets. Our team of highly skilled veterinarians and compassionate staff are dedicated to the welfare of your dog. With years of experience, we’ve performed countless dog neutering procedures, ensuring that all the animals we treat receive the best quality care possible.
What Is Dog Neutering?
Dog neutering is a common surgical procedure designed to sterilise dogs. In males, dog neutering is known as castration, this procedure involves the removal of the testicles. In females, it is referred to as spaying and involves the removal of the ovaries and in most cases, the uterus.
Dog neutering is usually carried out at around six months of age for males and pre-season for female dogs, reducing the chances of females developing mammary cancer. At Croft Vets, our team of skilled veterinary specialists also consider your dog's breed, size, overall behaviour, and other risk factors to provide the most suitable recommendation for your dog based on the latest evidence.
What Are The Benefits Of Dog Neutering?
Beyond its primary purpose of preventing dogs from reproducing, neutering offers a whole host of other health benefits:
Behavioural Improvements & Stability: Dog neutering can often reduce unwanted behaviour in dogs. In males, it can decrease aggression, roaming tendencies, and marking territories with urine. For females, it can reduce the behavioural changes associated with the heat cycle such as restless and attracting male dogs. Dog neutering can also lead to a more stable and predictable temperament, making them easier to train and manage.
Health Benefits: Dog Neutering can have various health benefits. For males, it reduces the risk of testicular cancer and prostate problems. For females, it eliminates the risk of uterine infections and significantly reduces the risk of mammary cancer, especially if done before the first heat cycle.
Population Control: Dog neutering helps control the overpopulation of dogs, reducing the number of unwanted puppies that may end up in shelters or as strays. This contributes to a decrease in the euthanasia rates of homeless animals.
Longer life span: Neutered dogs tend to have a longer lifespan on average due to reduced risks of certain diseases and the risks associated with mating and roaming behaviours.
What Will Happen During My Dog Neutering Appointment?
At Croft Vets, we have a carefully orchestrated process to ensure the health, safety, and comfort of your pooch during the dog neutering procedure. The process begins with a thorough pre-surgical assessment where our team of veterinary professionals will evaluate your dog’s overall health and suitability for surgery.
Once your dog has been given the all-clear for the dog neutering surgery, they will be admitted as a day patient (they will be discharged later that day once our team are happy with how they have recovered).
For the surgery, your dog will require a general anaesthetic. At Crofts Vets, we have measures in place to ensure their safety during the procedure. A dedicated registered veterinary nurse will monitor your pet throughout the dog neutering surgery and recovery. Rest assured the Croft Vet Surgery team will be with your pup every step of the way.
After the dog neutering has been performed, pain management is a top priority, and your dog will receive two types of pain relief medication to keep them comfortable during recovery. We will provide you with detailed post-operative instructions, and once your dog is ready, you can take them home, equipped with the knowledge needed to ensure a smooth and successful recovery.
Get In Touch Today!
Choosing Croft Vets for your dog neutering procedure means choosing a caring and experienced team dedicated to your pet’s well-being. We understand that the decision can be a sensitive one and we approach every neutering procedure with empathy and compassion. We ensure your pooch feels safe and secure throughout the process.
Contact us today to book your appointment or learn more about the dog neutering process, our team are on hand to answer any questions you might have about the procedure.