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 cannot have puppies.
Why is it important to neuter/spay my dog?
Population control. In females, if we spay them younger, it minimizes the chance of developing mammary tumours. 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 the 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 five months of age, or older. There are a few benefits to waiting for a few months past the six-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.