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When should you get your dog neutered?

Your vet will need to see and assess your dog before you get them neutered

Charlotte Regen

Posted 50d ago

Are you looking to get your dog neutered? 

If so, then there are some things you need to know. 

You should wait until your dog has sexually and socially matured. It’s also not true that female dogs need to have a litter before they are spayed. 

The risks involved with having a litter outweigh any potential perceived health benefits.

As with anything, there is a risk of pros and cons to getting your dog neutered. However, according to vets, the rewards outweigh the risks. 

Advice on the My Family Vets website says smaller dogs may be able to be neutered earlier but for large dogs, it is not recommended until they are around 18 months to two-years-old. From a behaviourists' ​point of view, it is recommended for females to have 1-2 seasons.

Some dogs may be eligible from the age of six-months-old. However, your vet will need to see and assess your dog first.

Dave Tweedle, Clinical Director at Natures Vet Group,Bath Vet Group and Clinical Board Vice Chair at the UK’s leading network of veterinary practices, My Family Vets said: “The right time to neuter your dog is entirely breed specific and is related to the size of the dog as well.

“Most dogs can be neutered from around six months of age but it is best to discuss options with your vet who will recommend the right timing for your dog. 

“The important thing is to have the conversation with your vet in plenty of time so you can schedule the right time for your dog’s neutering appointment – it may not be widely known amongst pet owners that many breeds of puppies can fall pregnant from six months old.”

For more information on neutering, click here. 

You can get advice on whether castration or spaying is right for your pet by speaking with your vet.