Unless you want to breed from your dog, take the advice of your veterinarian about neutering or other forms of reproductive control. Your veterinarian will be able to advise you on what exactly is involved with the operation and also on the best time for it to be performed.

Bitches normally come on heat (or in season) every 6 months or so. At this time, they are very attractive to male dogs. Not only will male dogs try very hard to gain access to the bitch (often travelling considerable distances), but the bitch will behave quite differently when in season. This can cause a lot of inconvenience for you and your neighbours and may result in an unwanted pregnancy. Injections to prevent the pregnancy after an unplanned mating are available, however, the timing of the injection is very important, so be sure to ring your veterinarian for advice at the earliest opportunity. To prevent this from happening when your bitch comes into season, you may want to consider getting your animal neutered, especially if you know you are not going to breed from your dog. In the bitch, the operation is called spaying, and in the male dog, the operation is called castration. These procedures can be performed any time after the animal is sexually mature.

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