Spaying has many positive health benefits for your pet. Early spaying can almost eliminate the chances of mammary (breast) cancer in later life. Serious uterine diseases, which are common in older bitches and can be life-threatening, are also prevented.
The most obvious advantage is that it prevents unwanted pregnancies and the inconvenience of your bitch coming into season twice a year.
Spaying is a major surgical procedure and there is always risk of complications, mostly these are relatively minor but there is a small risk of potentially life-threatening complications, which you may want to discuss with us in advance.
We like to spay bitches at six months of age or three months after any season. Certain of the larger breeds of dog are not suitable for spaying at six months of age due to an increased risk of urinary incontinence.
Dogs can be castrated at any time after they are six months of age. Castration is often helpful in reducing certain types of aggression, urine marking and unwanted displays of male dog sexual behaviour.
Castration may also reduce the possibility of prostatic disease in later life. A male dog does not become sterile the moment it is castrated, live sperm can be stored in the dog for some weeks after the operation. You should bear this in mind if you decide to use castration as a means of family planning when you own both a dog and a bitch.
This practice will not perform vasectomies on male dogs as a means of family planning.