Many owners do not want to let their dog have puppies.
Dogs go through puberty from 6 months of age in small breeds to 1 year of age or more in larger breeds and will become sexually active at this point. Breeding from a young, immature bitch is often unwise and can cause problems.
Neutering or castration of male dogs is sometimes advised if they show signs of excessive sexuality or antisocial behaviour such as aggression or vagrancy. Discuss the problem with your vet who will advise on when this should be performed. Male dogs may be sexually active from 6 months of age.
Many owners of female dogs do not wish to allow the dog to have pups and spaying or ovariohysterectomy is advised. The Practice recommends that this procedure is undertaken 3 to 5 months after the first season although it can also be performed before the first season in certain cases. We advise that the bitch should have been vaccinated and health checked before the operation which can be arranged by reception staff. Spaying at a young age reduces the incidence of mammary cancer and prevents womb infections, ovarian disease and some hormonally-related problems.
If you have a bitch and are undecided on whether to let her have a litter, we advise that she has a course of contraceptive injections. If you are interested in breeding your dog, collect a copy of our advisory pamphlet ‘Responsible breeding of the Dog’.
If you are unsure about what is the best course of action for your dog, please, speak to one of our vets or nurses.