Neutering & Spaying
Here at boxer welfare we believe it is kinder to neuter your boxer; we insist that all dogs adopted from us are neutered / spayed as part of the adoption agreement.
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’. Uncross your legs guys, it’s not that bad!!
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 encourages 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
- Pregnancy can cause significant health risks to your boxer, causing her discomfort and to behave oddly. Each year many boxers die giving birth. Neutering your boxer also avoids the inconvenience and mess of having seasons
- Early neutering can reduce the risk of some cancers developing in later life for both male (prostate and testicular cancer) and female (uterine, mammary, and ovarian cancers) boxers. It also stops bitches suffering from potentially fatal womb infections (known as pyometras)
- Neutering prevents the unnecessary costs of unplanned pregnancies and raising puppies
- By preventing accidents caused by unruly behaviour, costly vets’ bills can be avoided
- It’s cheaper than having to deal with the expense of treating illness that could be avoided by having your boxer neutered
When should you neuter your boxer?
Most vets will neuter boxers of either sex from the age of about four months, although it can be done at any age. The sooner it is done the less likely your boxer will be to develop the unwanted behaviour that comes with sexual maturity. The best way for you to decide at what age is best for you to neuter your boxer is to discuss it with your vet.
It is never too late to have your boxer neutered; your boxer will still benefit from it tremendously no matter their age.
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.
Q: Will my boxer gain weight once neutered?
A: No, your boxers weight is controlled through diet and exercise. A good healthy diet and regular exercise will keep your neutered boxer as trim as any un-neutered boxer.
Q: Is better to let my boxer either mate or have one litter first?
A: No! This is a major misconception. This will have no benefit for your boxer whatsoever. In fact, it will most likely have the opposite effect. Male boxers that are allowed to mate will often suffer a change of temperament which can often make them harder to control. Female boxers risk many complications, even death, if allowed to breed. It will often make the operation to spay them more difficult. Then you need to consider the puppies that YOU have brought into this world. They are your responsibility for life, regardless if you sell them at eight weeks old.
So please ignore this horrible myth and have your boxer neutered young and don’t allow them to breed. Here at Boxer Welfare Scotland we make sure all boxers that come through our care are neutered before or soon after they are rehomed. We pay for the procedure ourselves if it is done at one of our preferred vets. We have seen too often the fallout from unplanned litters, unscrupulous breeders and even from litters by people meaning well but not thinking it through properly. We also have seen the devastating health consequences that could have been avoid by having the boxers neutered.
One of our missions as a charity is promote the benefits of neutering. We hope having read this that you will consider neutering your boxer; it really is for their benefit.