Neutering is the general term used for the surgical removal of the reproductive organs in both male and female dogs.
• Castration is the removal of the testicles of the male dog.
• Spaying is the removal of the ovaries and uterus of the female dog.
It’s Nicer to Neuter – but why? There are lots of reasons, behavioural, medical and financial.
- May encourage calmer, more predictable behaviour making the dog a more suitable family pet.
- May help reduce aggressive and unwanted sexual behaviour, preventing fighting, mounting and destructives. Dogs that are neutered are also less likely to mark territory or stray.
- Reduces the likelihood of strange behaviour in bitches coming into season (for about three weeks, twice a year).
- Prevents male dogs desperately attempting to escape and seek out a local bitch in season.
- Removes the significant health risks associated with pregnancy as well as the possibility of potentially fatal womb infections (pyometra).
- Avoids the mess and inconvenience of seasons.
- Reduces or removes the risks of some cancers in both male and female dogs (including testicular and mammary cancers).
- Prevents the unnecessary costs of unplanned pregnancies and raising puppies.
- Reduces likelihood of large vets’ bills associated with certain illness and accidents caused by unruly behaviour.
Dogs Trust offers a subsidised neutering scheme in specific regions in the UK, for those who receive means tested benefits.