Male dogs are generally neutered between 6 and 10 months of age to reduce aggressive and roaming behaviour. As dogs are living longer we are seeing more cases of prostatic problems and testicular tumours, and as neutering alleviates both conditions we advocate this operation at any age to reduce the risk of these life limiting illnesses.
Female dogs are generally spayed either before (6 to 10 months) or after (12 to 15 months) their first season. The operation, while alleviating the inconvenience of seasons, phantom pregnancies and as contraception, is principally advocated as a means of reducing the potential for the development of mammary cancer and to remove the risk of pyometra.
After neutering a dogs metabolic rate drops and they have a tendency to gain weight. Therefore it is important to monitor your dogs weight closely and if necessary consider feeding a low calorie / neutered diet and an increase in daily exercise.
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