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15 May 2024
Dogs & puppies

Neutering Dogs

Neutering Dogs

Through extensive research and observation, we've concluded that the positive impacts of neutering far surpass any concerns for many dogs and bitches. Neutering not only aids in controlling the population of stray and unwanted dogs but also offers numerous health benefits for individual animals, including reducing the risk of certain cancers and infections, curbing aggressive behaviours, and promoting a longer and healthier life overall. While we acknowledge that no medical procedure is entirely risk-free, the benefits of neutering, both at the individual and societal levels, make it a highly recommended and responsible choice for dog owners. 

The evidence on the pros and cons of neutering are quite nuanced and we require a pre-neuter health check with a vet before booking the procedure, to ensure we have discussed the risks and benefits and that you are happy it is the best decision for your pet. 

Unless you are planning to breed or mate your dog, neutering can be a good choice to control fertility. Neutering is normally carried out from 6 months of age, although larger breed dogs may be advised to wait a little longer. Neutering is particularly important for female dogs due to the health benefits from reduction in otherwise common diseases such as reproductive infections and certain tumours. 

The Langford Club pets get 10% discount on neutering. Speak to a team member today and sign up 

The procedures are relatively quick, your pet will stay with us for the day. A general anaesthetic is given whilst we operate to remove the uterus or testicles. Once your pet has recovered from the anesthetic we send them home to rest, recover and heal. We use a range of pain relief medications to ensure your pet is as comfortable as possible. When your pet arrives home, we recommend that you give them somewhere to rest. You will be asked to help protect the wound with a collar or body suit and give your pet some pain relief to keep them comfortable during the recovery period. The healing process takes around 10 days. 

Due to the level of care and attention with the whole process (stress minimisation, pain relief, anaesthetic choices and surgical skill) your pet will be back to normal in no time. 

If you are considering whether to breed from your dog, please come and speak to us to discuss the health issues and make sure that the decision is right for you. Many new puppy owners like the idea of having one or two litters of puppies but the reality can be very different from the imagination. Having a litter of puppies from your bitch can be a very rewarding and fulfilling experience, however, if you do decide that you would like to breed from your dog, please consider how you will find homes for the puppies. Dog rescue and re homing charities are inundated with dogs that need homes so please make sure you will be able to find suitable homes for your puppies. 

If you are registered with the practice, please contact us to book an appointment. If you would like to register as a new client, you can complete our registration form.

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