When should I spay or neuter my dog?
While the most common age for spaying or neutering in dogs is six to nine months, spaying and neutering can be done in younger and older animals safely, as long as they're healthy.
What is spaying?
Spaying is the sterilization female animals by removing their reproductive organs.
What is neutering?
Neutering is the sterilization of male animals by removing the testes.
What are the benefits of spaying and neutering?
Spaying helps prevent medical problems like uterine infections and breast tumors. Spaying your dog before her first heat cycle provides the best protection from these diseases.
Another benefit is that your spayed female dog won't go into heat. Heat cycles can vary, but female dogs usually go into heat every six months, and it lasts between 2 - 4 weeks. During this time, she will excrete a bloody vaginal discharge, and may seem clingy or jumpy and on edge.
Neutering your male dog can help prevent testicular cancer and certain prostate problems. Neutered male dogs are less likely to roam or try to escape from home, which in turn minimizes their risk of injury in traffic and fights with other dogs.
Unneutered males are more likely to mark their territory by spraying urine around the house. Neutered males may be less likely to mount other dogs, people and inanimate objects. Aggressive behavior may be avoided by neutering dogs early in life, too.
Spaying or neutering your dog can save you money and time in the long run, because the cost of your pet's spay/neuter surgery is considerably less than the cost of having and caring for a litter of puppies.
Less Pet Overpopulation
If all pet owners spayed and neutered their dogs, there would be fewer dogs wasting away their days in shelters. This reduction would result in fewer animals living on the streets, and fewer euthanizations, too.
The benefits of spaying or neutering dogs cannot be overstated. If your dog needs to be fixed, contact the friendly and compassionate vets at Stage Road Animal Hospital today.
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