Dog Spaying and Neutering
Neutering involves a surgical procedure to make your dog sterile, or unable to have or produce puppies. It is important for population control and it offers a number of other benefits as well.
What does neutering/spaying a dog do?
In males we remove the testicles through a small incision just in front of the scrotum. This removes any sperm and dramatically decreases testosterone. In females, we usually remove both the ovaries and the uterus. A neutered (spayed) female no longer has cycles and can not have puppies.
Why is it important to neuter/spaying my dog?
Population control. In females, if we spay them younger it minimizes the chance of developing mammary tumors. Also in females, it eliminates the risk of pyometra–a life threatening infection in their uterus as they age. Neutered males virtually have no prostate issues in their senior years, will not wander after a female in heat and often will decrease male aggression. It also results in reduction or elimination of some behavioural issue like aggression and dominance, roaming, and Urine marking
How old should a dog be before neutering/spaying?
We recommend 5 months of age or older. There are a few benefits to waiting for a few months past the 6-month mark for specific breeds of dogs. Please feel free to ask us about this, there is always new research!
How much does it cost to neuter/spay a dog?
Surgery costs will vary based on your pet’s age and weight. Contact Park Road Veterinary Clinic and one of our team members would be happy to help get a customized quote together for you.