If you choose not to have your pet castrated you should think carefully about the risks involved. Neutering your pet will help to keep them healthy. There are a number of conditions that can develop in pets who have not had the procedure.
Learn about some of the problems that can occur if you choose not to neuter your pet:
Spaying your pet: Bitches
Spaying (neutering) a bitch involves removing both ovaries and the entire reproductive tract down to the level of the cervix. The operation is generally carried out in young bitches at around six months old (before their first season), or in older bitches around three months after their last season.
The main reason why this procedure is carried out is to prevent any chances of unwanted pregnancies. However, there are also other advantages. Your bitch will no longer come into season, suffer from false pregnancies or be at risk of womb infections. Depending on her age, she will have a much-reduced risk of getting mammary tumours in later life.
If you are not intending to breed from your bitch then we advise that she should be neutered.
Castrating your pet: Dogs
Castrating (neutering) a male dog involves the removal of both testicles. This makes him less likely to roam after bitches, less aggressive, and easier to handle. Castration also reduces the risk of some cancers such as testicular, prostatic and perianal tumours. Castration can be carried out at any age but is usually performed at around a year old depending on the size and breed of the dog – small breeds may be castrated at an earlier age.