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At what age should I get my dog neutered?

Male dogs should normally be neutered from 6-9 months onwards. Leave it until about 9 months of age if you can since growth may slow down following the surgery, but by 9 months most dogs will have reached their adult size so this is not such an issue. If your male dog shows signs of behavioural problems developing, neutering earlier may help.

Most vets recommend bitches are not spayed until they have had their first season, this allows their urinogenital tract to mature with the hope that urinary incontinence is less likely later in life. The first season can occur anywhere between 6-18 months of age. If you would prefer not to wait until after the first season the surgery can be carried out from 6 months of age.

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