West Bar Veterinary Hospital
19 West Bar, Banbury, Oxon OX16 9SA
Telephone us (24 hours) on: 01295 262 332

Neutering your Dog

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We advise that you consider neutering your pet around 5-6 months of age.

Neutered males are less likely to be ‘upset’ by bitches on heat. Neutering can also help with some behavioural problems. Male dogs are attracted to a female dog in heat and will climb over or go through fences to find her. Male dogs are more aggressive and more likely to fight, especially with other male dogs. As dogs age, the prostate gland frequently enlarges and causes difficulty urinating and defaecating. Neutering will solve, or greatly help this.

Spaying is the removal of ovaries and uterus and offers several advantages. A bitch’s ‘heat’ lasts about 2-3 weeks. This can be quite annoying if your dog is kept indoors. During this period she is attractive to any male dogs in the neighbourhood. Your bitch will have a heat period about every 6 months. In some cases despite of your best efforts the bitch will become pregnant. Once spayed the heat periods no longer occur and thus unplanned litters of puppies are prevented.

What is a ‘keyhole spay’?

Most vets still neuter a female dogs through a long incision made in her tummy. At West Bar Vets we are one of the few practices in the area offering a less painful ‘keyhole’ surgery. Click here to see the advantages of keyhole surgery for your pet.

When should I book my dog in?

If you do not plan to breed from your dog, we strongly recommend that she be spayed at 5-6 months of age or 8-12 weeks after she has been on heat. Male dogs can be neutered from 5-6 months.

How do I book my dog in?

This is a day procedure that is normally booked a few days in advance. Your pet can be dropped off in the morning of the operation at West Bar and usually collected the same evening.

For more information please phone 01295 262332