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Should I Neuter My Dog and When?

Neutering is a big decision, and most owners will need to weigh the pros and cons before deciding. What’s right for your dog and your lifestyle. For example, is your dog is frequently running free in a dog park, goes to doggie day care or the company of other dogs then it may be best to neuter in order to avoid unwanted pregnancies.

Females: There are significant benefits to spaying female dogs, Aside from eliminating the risk of surprise or unwanted pregnancies, spayed dogs have significantly lower mammary cancer rates and the complete removal of the uterus eliminates the risk of a potentially life-threatening infection called pyometra as well as uterine cancers.

Males: Male dogs benefit as castrated males are less likely to suffer from testicular or prostate diseases. Many intact male dogs show undesirable hormone-related behaviours such as inappropriate mounting, and roaming, which can be dangerous if they wander near roads or far from home in search of a female. Neutering won’t change your dog’s personality but it is likely to change sex hormone-driven behaviours. Many owners also report that their dogs are calmer after neutering.

Along with the above hormonal changes, changes in metabolism can also occur. A slower metabolism means that your dog can gain excess weight easily after neutering, making it important to pay special attention to his nutritional needs to ensure that he doesn’t become overweight. If your dog experiences weight gain then it is recommended that you switch to a light dog food such as Sugarfoot Premium Light Dog Food - Trout with Salmon, Sweet Potato & Asparagus

Neutering cost ranges around the country, but spays range from around £110 to £370 and castrations from around £110 to £300.

Helping your dog heal:

  1. Limit Activity throughout the day

  2. Keep Them to their feeding routine, maybe spoil them a little with fresh plane chicken or 1 boiled egg.

  3. At Thackerys we add some MSM powder to their water to speed up the healing process. its a natural sulphur which our bodies are made up from. It also promotes healthy bones and teeth and can encourage healing to speed up.

  4. Keep the Incision Dry, encourage them not to lick it, use the vets cone to help prevent if necessary.

  5. Check Their Incision Twice Daily

  6. Monitor Pain Levels.

  7. Call your vet if your worried

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