Molesey Vets’ guide to puppy neutering

July 11, 2023

Neutering is a responsible way to prevent unwanted litters but also provide your puppy with numerous health and behavioural benefits. We know it can be difficult to drop your new puppy to us for the day with the prospect of them having surgery; but with short recovery times and a lifetime of worry avoided, Molesey Vets does believe that this is the best option.

Contact us today to discuss your own puppy’s neutering appointment and read our advice below.

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Benefits of Neutering

Health Benefits

  • Vet Darren advises that neutering has different benefits for male and female dogs.
  • In males, neutering can reduce the risk of certain cancers, such as testicular cancer. It can also help prevent prostate problems.
  • In females, neutering can reduce the risk of breast cancer, ovarian cysts and uterine infections.

Population Control

Molesey Vets’ team advises that neutering your puppy helps to control the population of dogs in Surrey and further afield. As you will have heard, many rescue organisations are overcrowded with unwanted dogs. Neutering your puppy can help prevent unwanted litters that may contribute to this problem.

Behavioural Benefits

  • Some of the behavioural benefits that come from neutering make it easier for you to create a lasting bond with your dog.
  • Male puppies that are neutered are less likely to roam or exhibit sexually aggressive behaviour.
  • Female puppies that are neutered are less likely to exhibit behaviour associated with their heat cycles, such as crying or restlessness. Your puppy will also not be hassled when out walking. If left unneutered, your female’s seasons could make their exercise regime very tricky!

Timing it Right

The timing of neutering can vary depending on the breed of dog and Molesey Vets’ recommendations. In general, most puppies are neutered between six and nine months of age. However, some breeds may benefit from being neutered earlier or later. It is important to discuss the timing of neutering with one of our vets to determine the best approach for your individual dog. Contact our team today.

The Neutering Process

The process of neutering is slightly different for male and female dogs.

The male neutering procedure

In males, the testicles are removed through a small incision in the scrotum under general anaesthetic. Once they have recovered from the anaesthesia and the treating vet is happy, they will be discharged back to you, along with discharge advice.

The female neutering procedure

In females, the ovaries and uterus are removed through an incision in the abdomen. The surgery is performed under general anaesthesia and your dog will require some recovery time to heal. The traditional method leaves a larger scar and this will take longer to heal. If the neutering procedure is performed laparoscopically (via keyhole incision), then healing times are reduced and your dog will be comfortable much sooner.

In summary, puppy neutering can have many benefits, including population control, health and behavioural benefits.

It is important to discuss the pros and cons of neutering with your vet to determine the best approach for your individual puppy. At Molesey Vets, we highly recommend booking an appointment to discuss your own dog.

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