Every year animal charities are inundated with unwanted or abandoned dogs. Neutering your dog will stop this number increasing and also stop any behavioural issues and help with any health problems later in life. In bitches this is called “spaying”, in dogs this is called “castration”
Dogs and Bitches can be neutered at approximately 6 months of age.
A bitches first” season” or “heat”, usually occurs at six to nine months of age, and the average bitch comes on “heat” twice a year. She cannot be neutered until 3 months from the end of her “heat”.
If you are not wanting to breed from your dog , you may wish to have them neutered. This can be discussed with the vet or nurse, who would be happy to also explain the health benefits from these procedures.
Your dog would need to be admitted for the day, and can usually go home the same day.
Puppies and dogs are susceptible to several dangerous and fatal diseases. These are:
Distemper – This affects dogs of all ages but is particularly common in puppies. It usually results in death and is characterised by respiratory signs, such as runny eyes and nose, and nervous signs such as fits may follow.
Parvovirus – This is characterised by profuse foul-smelling, blood stained diarrhoea which usually leads to dehydration, collapse and death. Again it is most common in puppies, but can affect older unvaccinated dogs.
Canine Viral Hepatitis – This is a very contagious disease, whose symptoms are a high fever, vomiting and stomach ache. Again, it can prove fatal.
Leptospirosis – Dogs infected by Leptospira bacteria can suffer liver and kidney damage and require prolonged nursing and treatment if they are to fully recover.
Parainfluenza – This is one of the causes of infectious bronchitis (Kennel cough), it is highly infectious.
Bordetella bronchiseptica – This is one of the key causes of infectious bronchitis (kennel cough) which is highly infectious. It can appear as a harsh hacking cough which is distressing to both owner and dog.
The good news is that life long protection against all of these diseases can be provided by vaccination and regular boosters.
From 8 weeks of age puppies are ready to begin their vaccinations. This is a course of 2 vaccines, the 2nd vaccine is due at 12 weeks. At this consultation we give you lots of information and answer any questions you have about your puppy. We also offer a free health check once a month, until they reach 6 months of age, with the vet. This is a great way to familiarise your puppy with the practice and we can check them during their initial development stages.
Any wormers/ flea or other medications are chargeable. A booster is needed annually.