Spaying and Neutering

Spaying and neutering helps with population control, behaviour, and reduced health risks for pets.

Spaying and neutering are surgical procedures recommended to help prevent unwanted litters and pet overpopulation. The procedure also has some health and behavioural benefits.

What does neutering/spaying do to a dog?

Spaying involves the removal of the ovaries and uterus. Neutering involves the removal of the testicles. Spaying/neutering helps to decrease roaming and urine marking behaviours. Your dog’s metabolism will decrease by 25-40% within a few days of surgery, so please make sure to adjust their calorie intake if needed.

Why is it important to neuter/spay my dog?

In female dogs, spaying prevents heat cycles and unwanted puppies, reduces the risk of mammary (breast) cancer, and prevents the potential of a serious uterine infection (pyometra). In male dogs, neutering prevents testicular cancer, reduces the chances of prostatic infection and enlargement, prevents unwanted puppies, and may lessen certain unwanted behaviours. Both of these surgeries are commonly performed at our hospital.

How old should a dog be before they are neutered/spayed?

For dogs, it is best to discuss the timing of the procedure with your veterinarian. The timing of spay and neutering is dependent on breed, size, and lifestyle and is an individual decision we help make with you when your dog is young.

How much does it cost to neuter/spay a dog?

Many factors determine the cost of neutering or spaying, including weight/size and age. Please consult with us for an accurate estimate for your pet.

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