Male dogs can be castrated anytime from 6 months old. Females should ideally be spayed at five and a half to six months old, before their first season begins. This helps to prevent mammary tumours developing in later life. It is, however, important that she is not coming into season, or just finishing a season at the time of neutering. We will check for this on the morning of her procedure.
Male dogs can be castrated from six months old, providing they do not have any behavioural or health issues and both testicles have descended. For large breeds, we suggest waiting until they are fully grown which may be 12-18 months dependent on breed.
We recommend that females are spayed around six months old, but before they have their first season (providing they do not have urinary issues or behavioural issues). If they have had a season, pregnancy or a false/phantom pregnancy we advise waiting three months after this has occurred to try and prevent being spayed around the time of their next season as this can carry more risks.
All animals will be checked over the morning of their procedure to ensure they are healthy enough and are appropriate for the procedure. Neutering in dogs can prevent unwanted litters, mammary/testicular/prostate tumours, health issues relating to the reproductive tract (very importantly- against pyometras which can be a life threatening condition) and in some cases can reduce the hormones which may calm dogs down slightly.