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Dog Neutering/Bitch Spaying
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Neutering your dog is an option that is chosen for various reasons.  In the first instance it will prevent a dog from being able to impregnate a bitch, added to this are the thoughts that young dogs can become over boisterous and dominant, neutering will help calm down and lessen these tendencies.

Health reasons remain high on the list of sensible options, a neutered male will not have the threat of testicular tumours and it lessens the risk of prostrate problems in later life. Perianal tumours and hernias are also less likely to occur as the dog gets older.

Spaying your bitch will help prevent the threat of uterine and ovarian cancer and will help eliminate uterine infections which can be common.  Spaying a bitch will prevent her coming into a season, therefore stopping dogs pestering her and unwanted puppies being born.

Your veterinary surgeon will be able to advise on the best course of action to take with your pet.   In general, a pet undergoing an operation should not be given access to water or food after midnight on the day the operation is to be performed.  Usually your pet will be ready to come home the same day, but will need somewhere quiet and warm to rest.  Water should be made available, and a little light food may be offered.  Do not be surprised if the your pet does not want to eat anything until the next day.

Your pet should be aware of needing to ‘be busy’ but please remember that the anaesthetic will still be making them feel wobbly legged and wooly headed.  If need be, help them to go outside, assisting with their balance, the last thing you would want is for your pet to have a nasty fall.  If you pet has a ‘be busy’ accident in their bed, please do not scold your pet, they are not fully aware of their surroundings as yet.  Change the covers and re-settle your pet for the night.

For the next 10 days, your pet should not get over excited but be kept calm and tranquil.  So no jumping or racing around, the wound will need to heal and your pet will need to regain their strength.

Your veterinary surgeon will want to give your pet a check up after three days and then take stitches out at 10 approximately days.

All greyhounds and lurchers rehomed by Scottish Greyhound Sanctuary will be neutered/spayed before rehoming where possible.