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Unless you plan to breed from your dog, he/she should be neutered at four to six months of age.
Neutered male dogs tend to be less aggressive toward other dogs (especially other male dogs) and don't roam the neighborhood seeking out female dogs in heat. Neutering your male dog also prevents many health problems that commonly occur later in life e.g. testicular cancer, perineal hernias and prostate problems.
Having your female dog neutered reduces the number of unwanted puppies and also prevents many health problems which are commonly encountered later in life e.g. mammary tumours, uterine infections (termed 'pyometra' - these can be life threatening) and ovarian cysts and tumours.
The term for neutering a female dog is 'spaying'. When female dogs are spayed both ovaries and the uterus are removed.
The term for neutering a male dog is 'castrating'. When male dogs are castrated both testicles are removed.
Because both operations are performed under general anaesthetic your dog will need to spend the day with us and will need to be fasted (no food after 8.00pm in the evening the night before and no breakfast in the morning, water should be taken away at 7.00am).
We like you to have an appointment with Colin or Claire (the vets) prior to the operation to check your dog is fit and well, and to discuss what is involved and any problems or concerns that you may have. Two days after the operation we schedule another appointment with you to make sure everything is okay and that your dog is recovering well. A final appointment is required after approximately ten days to remove the stitches.
At Vetcall the price includes all appointments, stitch removal, short acting potent painkiller (6-8 hours effect) and 24 hour anti-inflammatory painkiller injections given at the time of your dog’s surgery and 2 days of anti-inflammatory painkiller tablets to take home.
We only use modern safe anaesthetic drugs, and all anaesthetics are monitored by a qualified veterinary nurse.
You have the option to have a pre-anaesthetic blood test performed as well as having your dog put on intravenous fluids (fluid drip).
A pre-anaesthetic blood test is performed on the day of surgery and gives us valuable information and peace of mind. A small sample of blood is collected and tested to check if your dog’s organs are functioning normally, and helps to reveal any hidden conditions. This helps us select the best anaesthetic protocol for your dog and minimize risks and consequences.
Intravenous fluid support given throughout your dog's operation and recovery period reduces risk by helping to maintain a normal blood pressure and ensures immediate access to your dog’s circulation should any anaesthetic or surgical complications arise. Dogs supported with intravenous fluids have a quicker smoother recovery and less post – operative complications.