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Neutering Female Dogs (Spaying)

The female dog (bitch) reaches sexual maturity between five and eighteen months of age depending on the breed and size. The range is so great because of the huge difference in sizes of dogs. Smaller dogs will reach sexual maturity earlier than larger breeds.

We routinely spay bitches from five months of age for small and medium breeds and from seven or eight months for the larger breeds before her first season.

Spaying removes the ovaries and the uterus (ovariohysterectomy).

If your bitch comes into season before being spayed, then we would need to wait eight weeks after the end of her season before spaying her. This will allow the blood supply to the uterus to decrease and reduce the risk of haemorrhage during or after the surgery.

By having your bitch spayed before her first season you are reducing the risk of her developing mammary cancer by almost 100%. Waiting until after her first or subsequent seasons sees this percentage drop quite dramatically.

If you leave your bitch un-neutered, as well as the inconvenience and potential risk of mammary tumours, she can develop a pyometra. This is a condition where the uterus fills with pus and can be potentially life-threatening. If this were to occur we would have to operate straightaway and the anaesthetic risk is much greater.

It is important to continue with training as your dog reaches sexual maturity otherwise she may become boisterous, disobedient and aggressive.

For more information about the benefits of having your dog spayed using keyhole (laparoscopic) surgery click here.



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