Neutering of your pet?

We always talk about neutering or castrating a dog, but what does that really mean? In female dogs neutering is removing the ovaries and in male dogs we remove the testikels (castration). The reason for neutering/castration can be to prevent the consequenses of the hormones produced by the ovaries and testikels.

Female dog

Neutering a female dog has both advantages and disadvantages.

A great advantage is the decreasing risk for mammary tumors. The risk for developping malignant mammary tumors is related to the frequency of the heat (it is related to the hormones). This is the reason why we advice to neuter female dogs just (2-3 months) after the firts heat. The risk for developing these tumors will not decrease significantly after the age of >2,5 years.
Another important advantage of neutering is to eliminate the risk of an uterus infection. In addition the development of post-heat diabetes mellitus is not possible.
Unfortunately there are also disadvantages of neutering. We have noticed that 5-20% of the neutered female dogs can become urinary incontinent later in life, mostly heavy dogs or dog of large breeds. However this is easy to treat with medication. The following breeds have a higher incidence for urinary incontinence after neutering: boxer, doberman, mini poodle, old English sheepdog, weimaraner, riesenschnauzer, rottweiler, bouvier and Irish setter.

Other disadvantages of neutering (however which could be prevented after surgery) are easy and unnecessary weight gaining, a change in behavior, and sometimes changes of the fur structure in long haired dogs.  Of course neutering is a surgery, which we can not undo. Nowadays the safety risks of surgery are extremely low in veterinary medicine.

The decision whether to neuter your pet is always yours. However our advice nowadays is to neuter female dogs 2-3 months after the first period.

Your dog can be neutered conservative or laparoscopic. For more information please contact one of our employees.

Male dog

Other than in female dogs, there is no medical reason to castrate a healthy, happy male dog. The most common reason to castrate male dogs is related to dominant and hormonal behavior (hypersexual, humping or running away).  The most common seen medical indications for this procedure are forskin inflammation or certain tumors.
There are 2 ways to ‘castrate’ a male dog: 1) surgical intervention or 2) chemical castration. The advantage of chemical castration (as opposed to surgery) is that it is a temporary intervention.

If you are considering castration in your dog, please consult us for further information.

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