Neutering & Spaying
As part of the adoption agreement we insist
all dogs adopted from us are neutered or spayed.
What is Neutering?
Neutering is a simple operation which stops your boxer from breeding by the removal of the sexual organs. In males this involves the removal of the testicles and is called ‘castration’. In female boxers it involves the removal of the ovaries and uterus and is called ‘spaying’.
We know it sounds a bit scary and no one wants to put their boxers through an operation if they can help it but neutering your pet does have some massive benefits including:
- Neutering can encourage calmer, more predictable behaviour making a boxer a more suitable family pet.
- It can help reduce aggressive and unwanted sexual behaviour, preventing fighting, mounting and being destructive. Boxers that have been neutered are also less likely to mark their territory or stray.
- Female boxers usually come into season for about three weeks, twice a year. Whilst in season a bitch may act strangely trying to run away in search of a mate and needing to be kept away from male boxers.
- Male boxers’ behaviour can also change greatly when a local bitch is in season. They may be desperate to escape, even running into busy roads or jumping from high windows.
Recovery time is roughly 10 days. Your boxer may be slightly groggy for a few days due to the general aesthetic. The biggest problem is keeping your boxer calm. We know how difficult this can be in order for the wounds to heal properly. You will find that most boxers are back to their usually selves the day after the operation. Your vet will give you instructions as to the best care for your boxer during their recovery.
The cost of having your boxer will vary from vet to vet but it really should be one of the costs that you take into consideration before you get a boxer. There are also several schemes for those on benefits or low incomes that help with the cost of neutering their pets such as the Boxer Aid Society of Scotland.