Spaying and neutering are surgical procedures recommended to help prevent unwanted litters and pet overpopulation. There are also some health and behaviour benefits to the procedure.
What does neutering/spaying do to a dog?
Spaying involves removal of the ovaries and uterus. Neutering involves removal of the testicles. Spay/neuter 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 with your veterinarian in regard to the timing of the procedure. The timing of spay and neuter 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?
There are many different factors that determine the cost of neuter or spay, including weight/size and age. Please consult with us for an accurate estimate for your pet.