Neutering and Spaying for Dogs
Spaying and neutering your pet is an important part of preventing diseases, unwanted behaviours, and pet overpopulation.
What does neutering/spaying do to a dog?
Spaying/neutering is the process of surgically removing the reproductive organs that are responsible for sperm and egg production and thereby preventing pregnancies. Spaying is the surgical removal of a female dog’s ovaries and uterus. Neutering is the surgical removal of a male dog’s testes. Both surgeries are routine procedures performed by our veterinarians on a daily basis.
Why is it important to neuter/spay my dog?
Spaying or neutering can reduce, and in some cases, eliminate the risk of certain cancers. When timed appropriately, spaying dramatically reduces the risk of mammary cancer, and it eliminates the risk of ovarian and uterine cancers. Neutering eliminates the risk of testicular cancer, cures prostatic cysts, and dramatically reduces the risk of prostate infections.
Pet overpopulation is a serious problem. Spaying or neutering your pet is a responsible way to impact this issue, which involves large numbers of homeless pets in shelters and rescue organizations.
Spaying and neutering can potentially have an impact on hormonally-motivated unwanted behaviours, such as urine marking, mounting behaviour and territorial aggression.
How old should a dog be before they are neutered/spayed?
Our minimum age requirement for spaying or neutering is 6 months of age, but in some cases, spaying or neutering at an older age may be considered. There are different factors a pet owner needs to consider and discuss. As it requires an in-depth conversation, it is best to schedule an appointment to chat with your veterinarian.