Castration

We advise castrating all male dogs that are not required for breeding purposes. Entire male dogs are prone to:

  • Tumours/prostate problems. These are both very common in older entire dogs, castration substantially reduces the risk.
  • Roaming. This makes them far more likely to be involved in a road traffic accident.
  • Marking. Territory marking and urinating in your home stops in over 50% of cases.
  • Behavioural problems. Inter-dog aggression is usually improved are neutering. Fighting other male dogs stops in about 60% of cases. Neutering often stops other dogs picking on your dog and starting fights. Dogs with dominant tendencies are usually easier to control. Neutering is often aids in preventing behavioural problems, but it must not be seen as a substitute for good training and management. Neutering after they have developed these habits is often less as affective then at an early age.

Castrating your male dog is a routine operation where the testicles are removed. It can be performed from 6 months of age and older. Prior to surgery your dog needs to be fasted. This means no food after 9pm. However, they should have free access to water at all times. He is admitted for surgery on the morning of his operation between 8.30am-10am. Your dog will be given a pain relief injection and we will normally dispense some pain relief tablets to go home with. Generally no more medication will be required. After neutering a dog is discharged the same afternoon or evening and you can expect him to make a quick recovery.

A neutered dog will require less food then an entire dog. We recommend that after castration wean them off puppy food and start to introduce an adult food. Your dog’s personality will not be affected. Neutering does not take away your dog’s playfulness or energy.

Please don’t hesitate to contact your local branch for more information or to book an appointment.

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