Desexing Your Dog

Desexing your dog

Desexing (spaying or neutering) your pet is highly recommended by  Greencross Vets. Not only are there numerous health benefits for your pet, but the number of unplanned puppies ending up in animal shelters is also drastically reduced.

What is desexing?

Surgical desexing involves the removal of part of a pet’s reproductive system whilst under a general anaesthetic. Desexing of females (also known as spaying or an ovarian hysterectomy) involves removing the ovaries and uterus. Desexing of males (also known as castration or neutering) involves the removal of both testicles.

What age should I get my dog desexed?

The right age for desexing your pet can vary depending on their breed and size. The recommended age for desexing a dog or cat is six months. However, at Greencross Vets we know that each of our patients is unique. Our veterinary team will take into consideration everything that’s special about your pet before giving any recommendations.

The benefits of desexing

In female dogs, desexing automatically stops their cycles and the associated bleeding and unwanted attention from male dogs that result in pregnancy.

Castration in male pets helps to control several behavioural related issues. In dogs, it can prevent aggression problems and wandering instincts. It is kinder to desex your male pet to stop their hormonal drive to stray from home in search of a mate.


Please contact your local Greencross Vets team to discuss desexing and your dog.


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