De-sexing

Speying Your Bitch

This is the removal of both the ovaries and uterus via a very small incision in the abdomen. Pre and post-operative pain relief is given along with long acting antibiotics and she is home the same day.

Advantages:

  • No unwanted litters of puppies.
  • No male dogs sitting on your doorstep or female dog going off in search of a mate.
  • Elimination of mammary tumours (cancers) in later life.
  • No bloody discharge or change in personality when in season.

Old Wives Tales:

  • Bitches need to have 1 lot of puppies.
  • Early speying will alter their personality.
  • Bitches need to have one season – they don’t, however once the puppy come into season this is her body saying it is fully developed physically and mentally.
  • Obesity always occurs after spewing.

Castrating Your Male Dog

This is the removal of both testes of the dog via one small incision at the base of the scrotum. Castration can performed before 5 months of age before he develops a number of undesirable male behaviour patterns.

Advantages:

  • Decreased territory marking i.e. urine marking in and around the home.
  • Reduced unwanted litters of puppies.
  • Reduced wandering which results in less chance of him becoming a social nuisance or endangering himself and others.
  • Reduced fighting with other dogs.
  • Reduced incidence of prostate enlargement which is difficult to detect in its early stages and can be fatal.

To Desex or Not to Desex?

Kennels tend to prefer desexed dogs and often charge a higher daily rate for entire (un de-sexed) animals.
Daycare Businesses require dogs to be desexed – ages restrictions vary however Pet Dog School ltd require that boys be desexed by 9 months and girls be desexed after their first season.

Unless you intend to breed from your dog, then early desexing is the responsible and fair thing to do for your pet!