Flashcards in Neutering Deck (11):
When should you recommend neutering a bitch?
Over 6 months of age
When, in proximity to oestrus, should you spay a bitch?
AT LEAST 3 months after oestrus
Less vascular and reduces the risk of pseudo pregnancy
Why do you get a pseudo pregnancy if you spay a bitch too soon after a season?
Removing the ovary during the luteal phase (when there is a CL) causes a sudden drop in progesterone.
This causes the anterior pituitary to secrete prolactin
= signs of pregnancy
What are the emotional effects of a pseudopregnancy?
How can you treat a pseudopregnancy that is caused by spaying too early?
Carbergoline (Galastop) = prolactin secretion inhibitor
(NOAH recommends use for 4-6 days, repeat until clinical cure)
Use off license for 14 days to ameliorate the emotional signs
What are clinical signs of a pseudopregnancy?
Hyperplasia of the mammary glands
Nesting inanimate objects
Fear, anxiety, aggression, vigilance
What age should you recommend neutering a dog?
Providing they are not a fear-aggressive, anxious or under-confident dog
What are the advantages of neutering?
Removes the risk of testicular tumours
Reduces the risk of BPH (but increases the risk of malignant prostatic cancer)
Decreases testosterone driven behaviours
Eg: humping, scenting, aggression, boisterous, running away
When is castration contraindicated?
In nervous aggressive dogs
Can make anxious dogs more anxious
When do testosterone driven behaviours develop?