We recommend neutering unless you are using your pet for breeding. Neutering can be done at about 5-6 months of age.
Neutering for females referred to as spaying is the complete removal of the ovaries and uterus. It involves a general anesthesia and is a major abdominal surgery. Female dogs should be spayed before their first heat cycle. Female dogs may be kept overnight following surgery. An unaltered female dog is at a higher risk for uterine infections and mammary tumors.
Neutering for males referred to as castration is the removal of the testicles through surgery. It involves a general anesthetic. Male dogs are generally discharged from the hospital towards the end of their surgical day. Neutering your male pup decreases its risk of developing prostate infections and cancer.
A neutered dog:
- Is easier to train because they will concentrate more on you and be less likely to be aggressive towards other animals.
- Is less concerned with marking their territory with urine (both indoors and outdoors)
- Has less desire to run away or roam in search of a mate
- Makes a calmer and gentler pet
- Avoid certain health risks – such as pyometra (uterine infection) a life-threatening infection in female mammals.