Dog Spaying and Neutering
Spaying and neutering dogs is an important step in helping address the issues surrounding dog overpopulation as well as reducing or eliminating certain health conditions.
What does neutering/spaying do to a dog?
Neutering (castration or orchiectomy) is a surgical procedure that involves the removal of a male dog’s testicles. Spaying (ovariohysterectomy) is a surgical procedure that removes the ovaries and uterus from a female dog. Unlike some similar procedures in people, these procedures are irreversible in dogs.
Why is it important to neuter/spay my dog?
Spaying and neutering eliminate the chance of unplanned or unwanted pregnancies, which helps to control the pet population and reduces the burden on shelters. Also, it removes the risk of testicular, ovarian and uterine cancers, as well as dramatically decreases the risk of pyometra, a potentially fatal uterine infection. Spaying and neutering can also help with some behaviour issues such as aggression and roaming.
How old should a dog be before they are neutered/spayed?
Ideally, dogs should be at least 6 months of age before spaying/neutering. In most cases, it is ideal for female dogs to be spayed before their first estrus cycle (heat) to reduce the risk of developing mammary cancer later in life.
How much does it cost to neuter/spay a dog?
For pricing, please contact the hospital and we will be happy to provide you with a quote.