Neutering Information 

Some common neutering facts/questions...

Do bitches need to have had their first season or a litter of puppies before being spayed?

No, there are no health-related reasons for waiting until after her first season before spaying a bitch. It is often in the first season that bitches get 'caught' as their owners haven't realized they were in season!

Will a neutered dog put on weight?

No, dogs will not put on weight as long as they are fed sensibly and get enough exercise.

Is neutering natural?

Keeping a dog in a domestic set-up is not 'natural' either. Where we provide food and exercise for our pet dogs, we also need to take the step of neutering to prevent them from reproducing or becoming frustrated; it is a very simple way to make your dog calmer and happier.

What does neutering mean?

Neutering is a routine operation that prevents male and female dogs from reproducing by removing their sexual organs - for male dogs it is called 'castration', and for female dogs the operation is called 'spaying'. Both are carried out under general anaesthetic.

Why should I neuter my dog?

Neutering is a humane way to reduce the stray dog population, preventing thousands of unwanted puppies being born each year, that may be cruelly abandoned or needlessly destroyed. There are lots of reasons why it's nicer to neuter:


  • Neutering encourages calmer, more predictable behaviour - making the dog a more suitable family pet.
  • It can help reduce aggressive and unwanted sexual behaviour, preventing fighting, mounting and being destructive.
  • Female dogs usually come into season for about three weeks, twice a year. Whilst in season a bitch may act strangely - trying to run away in search of a mate and needing to be kept away from male dogs.
  • Male dogs' behaviour can also change greatly when a local bitch is in season - they may be desperate to escape, even running into busy roads or jumping from high windows. Dogs that have been neutered young are also less likely to mark their territory or stray.


  • Pregnancy can cause significant health risks to your dog, causing her discomfort and to behave oddly. Neutering your dog also avoids the inconvenience and mess of having seasons.
  • Early neutering can reduce the risk of some cancers developing in later life for both male and female dogs. It also stops bitches suffering from potentially fatal womb infections (known as pyometras).
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