Embracing the Next Chapter: Neutering/Spaying for Your Beloved Small Breed Dog
As your young dog flourishes in the realms of dog training and socialisation, a significant juncture emerges on their journey: neutering/spaying.
The considerations are manifold, and consulting professionals, like those at Mary Puppins Luxury Dog Home Boarding, is paramount in this pivotal step.
Engage in conversations with your vet or seek advice from multiple experts. Accepted medical guidelines recommend neutering/spaying around 12 months of age. For female dogs, spaying after their first season is common.
Navigating Hormonal Changes
Male dogs reach a stage of sexual maturity around 12 months, influenced by hormones.
In communal settings like Mary Puppins Luxury Dog Home Boarding, the social dynamics of un-neutered males can be complex.
Behavioural tendencies, such as mounting, can surface, affecting interactions with other dogs. So we only accept neutered/spayed small breed dogs over the age of 12 months old.
"Neutering, sometimes called sterilisation, 'de-sexing' or 'fixing', is a common type of surgery that permanently stops your dog from being able to have puppies. In male dogs, this is known as castration and involves the testicles (testes) being removed. In females, the ovaries and usually the uterus are taken out and is called spaying." The Kennel Club
Balancing Behaviour and Personality
Concerns about personality shifts post-neutering/spaying are common. Drawing from over a decade of experience, Mary Puppins Luxury Dog Home Boarding observes that dog personality remains unaffected. However, mood alterations and behavioural tendencies may arise.
Three-Step Neutering / Spaying Guide for Your Beloved Dog
1. Timing the Neuter/Spay:
Discuss the ideal time for neutering/spaying, considering your dog's breed and individual traits. At Mary Puppins, male dogs older than 12 months are preferred for neutering. Female dogs, need to be spayed as they can't attend during their season.
2. Understanding the Procedure:
The surgical process, while comprehensive, is routine for experienced veterinarians. The Blue Cross offers insightful details about the procedure, providing clarity for dog owners.
3. Post-Procedure Care:
After surgery, monitor your dog for 24 hours. Within a few days, they'll regain their usual spirit. For a week, limit dog walks and exercise to prevent strain on stitches. Vets may use dissolving stitches or opt for removal. The journey of neutering/spaying is unique for every dog, deserving of individualised research and professional opinions.
Mary Puppins Luxury Dog Home Boarding extends its expertise to guide you through this crucial step.
Your pup's well-being is a priority, and as you tread this path, be assured that you're fostering a lifetime of health and happiness.
What are the benefits of neutering/spaying my small breed dog?
Neutering or spaying your small breed dog can have several benefits.
It can prevent unwanted pregnancies and related health issues.
Additionally, it can lower the risk of several malignancies and infections related to the reproductive organs.
Behaviorally, neutered males are less likely to roam or display aggressive behaviour, and spayed females won't go into heat, which can lead to behavioural changes.
At what age should I consider neutering/spaying my small breed dog?
The appropriate age for neutering or spaying can rely on several variables, including the dog's size and breed.
Generally, small breed dogs can be neutered or spayed around 12 months. However, it's always best to consult your vet to determine the optimal time for your dog.
What are the potential risks or complications associated with neutering/spaying?
While neutering and spaying are standard procedures, they do carry some risks.
These may include anaesthesia-related side effects, bleeding, or incisional infection.
Early spaying or neutering may occasionally result in joint troubles, urine incontinence, bone loss, or other health concerns.
It's important to discuss these potential risks with your vet.
How can I prepare my small breed dog for the neutering/spaying procedure?
Before the procedure, your vet will likely advise you to fast your dog for a certain period.
Your dog will be given a sedative and pain relief before the surgery.
Ensuring your dog is in good health before the operation is essential.
After the procedure, your dog will need a quiet, comfortable place to recover.
What should I expect during the recovery period after neutering/spaying?
After the procedure, your dog will need time to heal.
You should check the incision site regularly for signs of infection or complications.
Your dog should be kept quiet, and their activity should be limited to prevent injury to the incision site.
Stopping your dog from licking or scratching the incision is also essential.
In the event that your dog displays any odd behaviours or symptoms, get in touch with your veterinarian right away.
Disclaimer: This article is intended for educational and informational purposes only. It is not intended as a substitute for veterinary advice. For specific veterinary dog health advice, contact a veterinary pet healthcare provider.
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Kate Phillips, Chief Editor
BSc (Hons), MSc
Kate is the UK's very own Mary Puppins, a professional Dog Nanny and expert in small breed dogs. With over 30 years' experience and successfully helping high profile celebrity pet parents raise their furry families, Kate shares her top tips with you. Kate guides readers on small breed dogs, dog health, dog training, dog nutrition, dog food, dog walks, dog accessories, dog enrichment, rescue dogs, dog behaviour, dog grooming and the best products for dog mums and dog dads to create the ultimate luxury lifestyle for their small dogs.