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Neutering involves removing the reproductive organs; testicles in the male (castration) and ovaries and uterus in the female (spaying). We strongly recommend neutering at 6 months of age if you are not intending to breed from your pet. There are several reasons why you should neuter your dog. Bitches have changes in behaviour associated with their ovarian cycles and quite often show considerable discomfort. They also suffer from increased risk of disease such as mammary cancers and potentially fatal infection of the uterus. Most vets recommend spaying your bitch at 6 months of age – it is not necessary for the first season/heat to have occurred. Male dogs want to lead and protect the pack. In the home this can lead to socially unacceptable behaviour such as mounting, dominance and aggression. By castrating the male dog we remove the source of these behaviours – testosterone. Castration will not change the personality of your pet, it will simply settle down his male characteristics. Castration will also help prevent diseases of the prostate gland and certain cancers. Remember, with Vetsure Cover & Care, you will get £20 off the cost of this procedure.