Speying (neutering) a Bitch

We advise speying of all bitches not required for breeding purposes. If female dogs are left entire they are prone to;

Mammary Cancer
If left entire she is at a much higher risk of developing mammary cancer. Speying her will substantially reduce the risk.

Pyometra
This is a potentially life threating condition where the uterus fills with pus which requires emergency surgery to remove the uterus (spey).

Roaming
Females will also roam to find a mate when in in season. This makes them far more likely to be involved in a road traffic accident

False pregnany
These can happen twice a year causing behavioural and problems physical problems that can distress your pet.

We recommend neutering before her first season. However, if she does have litter of pups or have a season that you neuter her 3 months after this.

Speying your female dog is a routine operation where the ovaries and uterus are removed. It can be performed from 6 months of age.

Prior to surgery your dog needs to be fasted. This means no food after 9pm the evening before. However, they should have free access to water at all times.

She is usually admitted for surgery on the morning of her operation between 8.30am-9am.

Your dog will be given a powerful pain relief injection before the surgery begins and she will also go home with some pain relief tablets. Start these tablets the following morning.

After speying dogs are discharged the same afternoon/evening and generally make a quick recovery. In fact by the time the stitches are removed (normally 10 days after the surgery) you can usually allow the dog to return to all normal activities.

A neutered dog will need a little less food then an entire dog. We recommend that after speying wean them off puppy food and start to introduce an adult food. Our nurses are able to provide excellent advice on the appopriate diet for your dog.

Your dog’s personality will not be affected. Neutering does not take away your their playfulness or energy.

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

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