Advice on Castration/Neutering Male Dogs

Advice on Castration/Neutering Male Dogs

Castration of male dogs is the removal of both testicles under a general anaesthetic. This removes the main source of the hormone testosterone.

What are the advantages?

The main benefits are:

  • A reduction in sexual behaviour such as sexual mounting, roaming and urine marking.
  • Eliminates the risk of testicular cancer, much reduced risk of prostate disease.
  • Neutering can help with some behaviour issues and may lead to calmer, more predictable behaviour. However in some cases (e.g. nervous aggression to other dogs) advice from a behaviourist should be sought first, as castration may not be appropriate.

Please remember, however, that neutering is not a replacement for training your dog, and does not replace the need for adequate early socialisation or prevent behaviour problems.

Careful selection of a puppy from a family environment (not a kennel or farm situation) followed by continued early socialisation and neutering at 6-9 months of age will offer the best chance of your new puppy developing into a much loved family pet.

Are there any disadvantages?

It is a common fallacy that a neutered dog will become fat and lazy. Remember that all service animals, Guide Dogs, Hearing Dogs and Dogs for the Disabled are routinely neutered. Careful feeding of a scientifically prepared complete diet without excessive treats should adequately control any problems of obesity, just as it does in the entire animal.

Another common fallacy is that the neutered dog loses character. Admittedly neutering is often carried out, both in dogs and bitches, for certain behavioural abnormalities and often dogs will become more gentle but they lose neither their spirit nor their intelligence and provided they are not allowed to become obese are just as active as entire animals.

Thus there are many advantages and few disadvantages to having your dog neutered.

Dogs can be neutered from 6 months of age although the operation can be carried out at any time. Large breed dogs may benefit from waiting until they are slightly older.

Neutering and Castration Of Male Dogs

Neutering your male pet

Our vets will be happy to discuss this with you.