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Reducing Roaming

One of the most common causes of death for dogs is, sadly, traffic accidents. However, entire male dogs are at a significantly higher risk than others. The reason is biological – but the risk can be dramatically reduced by neutering!

Why do we recommend neutering?

There are a number of advantages to having a dog neutered – eliminating the risk of testicular cancer, reducing the risks of prostate disease, some types of anal cancer, and unwanted behaviour such as humping and, crucially, “roaming”.

What is roaming?

When a female dog is in season, she releases pheromones that can be smelt by dogs for miles around. Male dogs are driven by instinct to seek out the bitch to mate. As a result, even well trained dogs will sometimes run away when lured by the attractive scent. This behaviour is sometimes called “roaming”, but in our modern built-up environments, this usually means crossing busy roads and potentially coming to grief.

What is the procedure?

Neutering of a male dog is a very straightforward procedure, involving the removal of both testicles under a general anaesthetic. Your dog will come in to us in the morning, have the procedure, wake up, and then almost always go home the same day. In fact, in most cases the procedure only takes 15 minutes or so! Without testicles, the dog no longer produces significant amounts of testosterone, and this instinctive behaviour is dramatically reduced.

If you want to know more, please get in touch and talk to one of our vets!

Spaying Prevents Pyometra

We strongly recommend the routine spaying of bitches in most cases. The simple reason is because it helps to protect your dog from some very serious health risks – and in doing so, significantly increases her lifespan!

What is a spay?

A spay involves the removal of the dog’s ovaries, and usually the uterus (womb) as well. This prevents her from having any litters, and dramatically reduces her levels of sex hormones. It’s an outpatient procedure, meaning your dog will come in one morning, have her operation, and normally go home the same day. Most dogs are completely back to normal within a week, and often much sooner!

What are the benefits?

As well as being a totally effective contraceptive, spaying eliminates the risk of pyometra, a severe infection of the uterus. This is common in older, unneutered bitches, and is potentially life-threatening. Other benefits include eliminating the risk of ovarian cancer, plus, the earlier she is spayed, the lower the chance of mammary tumours (breast cancer). On average, a neutered bitch lives 26% longer!

Are there any risks?

There is a very slight increase in the risk of certain tumours and of immature genitals if dogs (especially larger breeds) are neutered before they are fully mature. There may also sometimes be coat changes, a tendency to put on weight, and possibly a higher risk of incontinence in later life. These are, however, much lower risks than the potentially fatal consequences of not spaying.

How can I find out more?

Pop in and have a chat with our vets!

Snipping that wanderlust in the bud…

Also known as neutering your male cat! As well as helping to reduce the stray cat population, there are a number of ways the procedure can help keep him healthier and happier. In this blog we’ll cover the benefits of having a cat castrated (the male version of neutering).

What is neutering?

Neutering is a term used to describe any surgical procedure that irreversibly removes both the fertility and production of sex hormones. In this case a cat that is castrated will have both testicles removed, which are also the main place for testosterone production, the male sex hormone.

How will it benefit my cat?

Cats that have been castrated tend to:

  • Wander less, in search of a female mate – which can also reduce the chance of them being run over in a car accident.
  • Spray less (or not at all) – the territorial marking with urine.
  • Fight less with other cats.
  • Be much more sociable – reducing the risk of abandonment or rehoming.

How long does the procedure take?

The operation itself is very quick, and the recovery time is rapid too. The majority of male cats don’t even realise what’s happened! Our surgeries will cover the pre- and postoperative instructions with you, when you speak to them.

If you would like to book an appointment to have your cat neutered, please call your local surgery, they will also be able to answer any further questions. The details of your local surgery can be found by clicking here.