Golden Retriever Spaying And Neutering

Golden Retrievers are one of the most popular dog breeds that we love, and for good reason. Golden Retrievers are known for their friendly and outgoing personalities, as well as their intelligence and trainability. However, like all dogs, they can experience various health issues, some of which can be prevented …

Golden Retriever Spaying And Neutering

Golden Retrievers are one of the most popular dog breeds that we love, and for good reason. Golden Retrievers are known for their friendly and outgoing personalities, as well as their intelligence and trainability.

However, like all dogs, they can experience various health issues, some of which can be prevented through spaying and neutering.

a golden retriever coming out after meeting the vet

What is Spaying and Neutering?

Spaying is the surgical removal of a female dog’s ovaries and uterus. While Neutering is the surgical removal of a male dog’s testicles. Both spaying and neutering are routine procedures that are performed by veterinarians.

The male neutering procedure, also called castration or orchiectomy, surgically removes both testicles from the dog’s body.

When should Golden Retrievers be spayed and neutered?

Golden Retrievers can be spayed or neutered as early as 6 months old, but it is generally recommended to wait until they are at least 9 months old. This is because they are still developing during their first few months of life, and spaying or neutering early can interfere with their growth and development. Look out for signs that indicate that your dog needs to be neutered.

dog neutered at the surgery table @Golden Retriever spaying and neutering

Benefits of Golden Retriever spaying and neutering

There are many benefits to spaying and neutering Golden Retrievers, including:

  • Reduces the risk of certain types of cancer. Spaying female dogs significantly reduces their risk of developing ovarian and mammary cancer, and neutering male dogs reduces their risk of developing testicular and prostate cancer.
  • Reduces the risk of unwanted behaviours. Spaying and neutering can help to reduce unwanted behaviors such as roaming, mounting, and marking.
  • Reduces the risk of overpopulation. Spaying and neutering help to control the pet population and reduce the number of unwanted dogs and cats that end up in shelters.

Benefits Of Spaying and Neutering on Lifespan

The American Kennel Club Canine Health Foundation conducted a study that discovered spaying and neutering dogs increases their life expectancy compared to leaving them intact. The study revealed that spayed females live on average 1.4 years longer than intact females, while neutered males live on average 1.8 years longer than intact males.

How to prepare for your Golden Retriever’s spay or neuter

Before your Golden Retriever is spayed or neutered, there are a few things you can do to prepare:

  • Fast your dog for at least 12 hours before the procedure. This will help to prevent them from vomiting during surgery.
  • Give your dog a bath the night before the procedure. This reduces the risk of infection.
  • Bring a carrier or leash to transport your dog to and from the veterinarian’s office.
  • Be prepared to keep your dog confined to a small area for a few days after the procedure. This will help them to rest and heal properly.
  • The actual surgery takes around 20 to 45 minutes but may take longer for older or larger dogs.

What to expect after your Golden Retriever’s spay or neuter

Your Golden Retriever will likely be drowsy and disoriented after their spay or neuter. After the surgery, they might experience pain and swelling at the incision site. Thus It’s important to follow the veterinarian’s instructions for aftercare, which include:

  • Keeping your dog’s incision site clean and dry.
  • Preventing your dog from licking or scratching the incision site.
  • Limiting your dog’s activity until the incision has fully healed.

Most Golden Retrievers make a full recovery from spaying or neutering within 7–10 days. However, it is important to monitor your dog closely for any signs of infection or complications.

Golden Retriever spay and neuter protocol

The following is a general protocol for spaying and neutering Golden Retrievers:

  1. The dog is pre-medicated with anaesthesia.
  2. The dog’s fur is clipped, and the incision site is scrubbed with antiseptic soap.
  3. The dog is draped with sterile towels.
  4. The incision is made, and the ovaries and uterus (for spaying) or testicles (for neutering) are removed.
  5. The incision is closed with sutures.
  6. The dog is given a pain reliever.

Additional information for Golden Retriever owners

  • Golden Retrievers are a large breed of dog, so they may require a slightly larger incision for their spay or neuter.
  • Golden Retrievers are also prone to obesity, so it is important to monitor their weight after the procedure and make sure they are getting enough exercise.
  • If your Golden Retriever has any underlying health conditions, be sure to discuss them with your veterinarian before spaying or neutering.

Table that illustrates the benefits of spaying and neutering on dogs’ health:

BenefitSpayed FemalesNeutered Males
Reduced risk of mammary cancerYes 50-80%No
Reduced risk of ovarian cancerYes 99%No
Reduced risk of uterine cancerYes 100%No
Reduced risk of pyometra (infection of the uterus)Yes 100%No
Reduced risk of testicular cancerNo Yes 100%
Reduced risk of prostate diseaseNo Yes 90%
Reduced risk of herniasYes 100%Yes
Reduced risk of roamingYes Yes
Reduced risk of mountingYesYes
Reduced risk of markingYesYes
Improved behaviorYesYes

Highlights:

  • The risk of mammary cancer in female dogs increases significantly after their first heat cycle. Spaying before the first heat cycle reduces the risk of mammary cancer by 99%.
  • The risk of ovarian and uterine cancer in female dogs is also highest after their first heat cycle. Spaying before the first heat cycle reduces the risk of ovarian and uterine cancer by 100%.
  • Pyometra is a life-threatening infection of the uterus that can occur in unspayed female dogs. Spaying eliminates the risk of pyometra.
  • Testicular cancer is a relatively rare but aggressive cancer in male dogs. Neutering before 6 months of age reduces the risk of testicular cancer by 99%.
  • Prostate disease is a common problem in male dogs, especially as they get older. Neutering reduces the risk of prostate disease by 50–70%.

While these are just estimates, the actual risks and benefits of spaying and neutering can vary depending on the individual dog. 

Risks Of Spaying & Neutering

It is essential to remember that spaying and neutering are not without their dangers. Some of the possible risks of spaying and neutering include:

  • Anaesthesia risks: Since surgeries carry some risk of anaesthesia, spaying and neutering are no exceptions. However, the adverse risks of anaesthesia are generally very low, especially in healthy dogs.
  • Infection: There is also a small risk of infection after spaying or neutering. However, this risk can be minimized by following your veterinarian’s aftercare instructions.
  • Weight gain: Some dogs may gain weight after spaying or neutering as a result of hormonal changes after surgery. However, weight gain can be prevented by feeding your dog a healthy diet and providing them with regular exercise.
  • Urinary incontinence: In a small percentage of female dogs, spaying can lead to urinary incontinence. This is more likely to occur in older and overweight dogs. 

Overall, the benefits of spaying and neutering far outweigh the risks. Spaying and neutering can help to keep your dog healthy and happy for many years to come.

Final Thoughts

Spaying and neutering is a safe and effective way to improve the quality of life for Golden Retrievers. It can help to reduce the risk of certain types of cancer, unwanted behaviors, and overpopulation.

If you’re thinking about spaying or neutering your Golden Retriever, plan to discuss with your vet the best time to do so and how to prepare for the procedure.

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RajeevU

Besides being a Father, a Freelance Content creator and a Marketing Professional, my love for Dogs has been a permanent feature throughout. I vividly remember the first Indian Spitz puppy my father gifted me on my 5th birthday. Caring for him and seeing him grow with all it's idiosyncrasies, established my lifelong love for this furry creature - a symbol of Love and Faithfulness. I have tried to share my learnings through all these years, so that dog lovers can benefit. Something I missed growing up in those "non-connected' times.

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