Neutering not only helps to reduce the serious problem of an unwanted overpopulation of dogs, but has many health benefits for your pet. Although neutering is not a magic cure for over-excitable animals, it reduces hormone-driven behavior and can help achieve a calm, relaxed pet. Often people find neutered dogs are less distracted and more focused, making training easier.
Should I get my pet neutered?
Yes - we recommend you neuter, unless you are planning to breed from your pet. Neutering has many health benefits for your pet. It can prevent them from developing serious health issues in the future, such as certain types of cancer.
Neutering your dog
The benefits and facts of neutering your dog include:
For female dogs:
For male dogs:
Male and female dogs:
Should my female pet have a litter before she’s neutered?
No – there’s no need for her to have a litter before she’s neutered. There’s no emotional benefit for your pet if she has a litter before she’s spayed. In fact, medical evidence shows that spaying before your pet's first season has the most health benefits. For example, every time a dog has a season, her chances of developing mammary tumors in later life increase, so neutering your pet while they're young is a great step to keeping them healthy into old age.
If I neuter my pet, will they gain weight?
No - only overfeeding and under-exercising cause obesity, but you may need to adjust feeding. Neutering has so many other health benefits for your pet, from preventing cancer to reducing their instinct to roam away from home. If you’re worried about your pet’s weight, there are much more effective things you can do instead of avoiding getting them neutered: Our nurses run free Weight Clinics and are happy to give advice at regular weigh-ins.
Will getting my pet neutered change their behavior or personality?
No - your pet’s personality is dependent on their genetics and environment, not their hormones.Neutering won’t change any underlying behaviors in your pet – good or bad. The best way to change these behaviors is through training. If you’re worried about your pet’s behavior it’s always best to speak to us or a behaviorist.