Are you considering neutering your dog?  It can be a worrying time for owners and knowing what is the right approach for your own pet can be daunting. 

Castration of a male dog stops the production of the hormone “testosterone”.  This process can be beneficial when treating unwanted behaviours that are more likely to present themselves in male dogs than females.  Some of these behaviours are:

  • urine marking
  • roaming away from home to track down female dogs in heat
  • inappropriate sexual behaviour
  • inter-male competitive behaviour

Contrary to popular belief, castration does not “calm a dog down”.  Excitable and unruly behaviours are seldom a result of the influence of testosterone.

Spaying a female dog can be detrimental in those who are showing evidence of “masculinised” behaviour e.g. frequent urine marking, raised leg urination, confident aggression.  In female dogs who are displaying these behaviours, evidence has shown that there is an increased risk of behaviour problems, including aggression, after spaying.  Delaying spaying until after at least one season may reduce the risk of behaviour problems  but as hormone changes are not associated with behaviour, there is a small risk of making the behaviour worse. 

From a health perspective, spaying a female dog will remove the risk of them becoming pregnant and also developing  a “pyometra” which is an infection of the uterus.  This is a serious and life threatening condition that must be treated promptly and aggressively.  It is important that you discuss the options, risks and benefits of neutering with a vet.  Book in for your complimentary consultation today so we can help you make the right choice for you and your dog.  You can also download an information leaflet HERE for more information.