There are a number of advantages to having your male dog castrated with benefits being both behavioural and physiological.
Physiologically castrated males will not have to worry about testicular cancer as both testicles are removed.
Prostate problems are very common in uncastrated males as the hormones produced by the testicles stimulate the prostate. Enlargement of the prostate can cause constipation and problems with passing water and are more prone to infection and prostatitis which can make your dog seriously ill.
Unwanted pregnancies can provide a family with a potential problem. Spaying of bitches means you will not have to keep your dog shut away when she comes into season.
Bitches spayed before their first season reduce the risk of developing mammary cancer whilst the risks of this cancer increase season by season as hormonal control increases. A large percentage of mammary cancers are malignant and if action is not taken immediately, can be fatal.
Unspayed females can also develop a condition called Pyotema when the womb fills with infection, usually occurring after their first season. Your bitch will be lethargic and often sick and will certainly drink more than usual. Anitbiotics will not treat this infection and an emergency spay will have to be performed increasing the associated risks.
Our vets will be able to advise you on both your male and female dogs.