Ask the Vet: Dogs
Is it really necessary for me to get my dog neutered?
While it is your choice if you choose to neuter your dog there are health benefits to consider.
Spaying will be beneficial in the long run as she won't come into season, so you do not need to worry about roaming males howling in your garden, unwanted pregnancy or the risk of her straying to find a mate. Spaying at an early age has also been shown to reduce the risk of mammary tumours, prevent pyometra (an infection of the uterus) and ovarian cancer.
Most bitches are spayed around 1 year old once they have had their first season. Ideally they should be spayed approx 12 weeks after the end of her season.
Castration reduces the risk of tumours of the testicles and reduces the incidence of prostate disease and hernias. In certain circumstances castration has found to be beneficial in treatment of dominance and aggression problems. Once castrated some dogs lose less desirable characterises such as roaming, mounting and aggression towards other dogs.
Most dogs are castrated around 9 months old; most vets will ask if they are lifting their leg to pee before castrating as this is one of the main signs, they have reached sexual maturity.
We offer free of charge pre operation checks to all dogs to discuss if they are ready to be neutered.
My dog has smelly breath. What can I do about it?
There are many preventative treatments for dental health in dogs. Firstly however, you should get your pet's mouth checked to find out why it is smelly, as it may not be a dental health problem. If your pet has dental disease, your vet might suggest a scale and polish and/or extractions. This procedure is done under general anaesthetic and allows the vet to fully examine the extent of your pet's dental health and to remove any tartar or plaque. Once this is done, regular brushing of teeth is advised to prevent dental problems arising again.
Why is my dog scooting his/her bottom along the ground?
This is most likley casued by their anal glands at the base of their tail being full. Some dogs are able to empty these on their own however some dogs will need these emptied manually. If your dog is scooting or showing signs of discomfort you should make an appointment with your vet.