The average lifespan of a neutered pet is much longer than an unneutered one. Almost all unspayed female dogs will eventually develop either mammary tumours (breast cancer) or a severe uterine infection called pyometra, by the time they are 8-10 years old. Female dogs also go through a messy heat cycle (season) two to three times each year.
Male dogs commonly develop prostate disease, peri-anal tumours and testicular cancer in their old age. Even more sadly, one of the more common reasons for euthanasia of pets is behaviour problems. These are usually aggression, running away, or urinating in the house by unneutered male dogs. Intact males also have greater tendencies to roam, which lead to road traffic accidents, dogfights and contagious diseases.
Keep in mind also that many dogs are put to death each year because there are not enough homes for them all. Spaying and neutering is the responsible thing to do.
If cost is a concern for having surgery, just £5-10 per week saved from the time you get your puppy until he or she is 6 months old will be more than enough to cover the surgery.
We recommend spaying (surgical removal of the ovaries and uterus) of female dogs and castration (surgical removal of the testicles) of males, for all dogs that will not be used for purebred breeding. This should be done from the time that your pet reaches 6 months of age. Your pet will be healthier and happier, and you will have done your part to reduce the pet overpopulation problem.
While your pet is anaesthetised for surgery, we can also remove any retained baby teeth, implant a microchip, check his ears and anal glands and clip his claws.