Neutering

Unless you want to show or breed from your Siberian you may wish to consider the option of neutering your dog. It should be noted that neutered dogs are allowed to compete in K.C.C. obedience trials as restrictions on neutered dogs only applies to 'conformation' showing.

To accomplish neutering, a veterinarian must surgically remove certain reproductive organs. If your dog is a female, the ovaries, fallopian tubes and uterus are removed. This operation is called an ovariohysterectomy but is commonly referred to as spaying. In males, the testicles are removed and this is an orchiectomy, or more commonly referred to as a castration. In both cases, it is usually standard procedure, though not compulsory, for the vet to tattoo the dog's left ear as evidence of the operation i.e. for registration purposes.

Unspayed bitches will normally come "on heat" or "into season", as it is otherwise known, every six months or so. At this time, there will be a bloody discharge from the vulva and they will become extremely attractive to male dogs. This will extend for approximately two weeks, during which time your bitch should be separated from all male dogs to avoid any unwanted pregnancy.

Neutering your dog will:

Heartworm Health and your Siberian The bitch's oestrus cycle