Spaying and neutering your pets, is not only the best way to reduce pet overpopulation in our community, it actually improves their quality of life and life-expectancy.
- Should My Dog Be Spayed or Neutered?
This one has a simple answer. Male dogs are neutered. Female dogs are spayed.
- Is the Surgery Safe?
Yes. It is a common medical procedure, so as long as you are working with a licensed veterinarian you can rest assured that he or she likely has a wealth of experience with the surgery. Whenever an animal is put under anesthesia, there is some risk, but your veterinarian will be on the lookout for signs of illness or any other possible complications.
- What Can I Do to Keep My Dog Safe?
Follow pre-op and post-op instructions carefully. If you have questions, don’t hesitate to call your vet.
- How Old Does My Dog Need to Be?
Recently, the American Veterinary Medical Association endorsed Early Age Neutering, which can be done as early as two months or two pounds, but the average age is four months. There may also be laws in your area that require your dog to be spayed or neutered by a certain age.
- Where Can I Find a Low-Cost Spay/Neuter Service in My Area?
The ASPCA has a great database where you can look for vets offering discounted services in your area.
- Should I Wait Until My Female Dog Has Had One Litter Before Spaying?
No, it’s actually easier on your dog to have the surgery before her first heat. Plus, by allowing your dog to have some puppies, you’re contributing to the pet overpopulation problem. If you’d like to allow your children the experience of seeing a birth, consider fostering a dog that’s already pregnant at a local rescue or shelter.
- Should My Female Dog Go into Heat before She’s Spayed?
No, by doing so before her first heat, you can greatly reduce her risk of mammary tumors.
- How Long after Giving Birth Can My Dog Be Spayed?
The procedure can be done as soon as the pups are weaned, usually four to five weeks.
- What Are Some of the Health Benefits of Spay/Neuter?
Female dogs have no risk of infections, cancers, or diseases of the uterus (which is removed), and also a reduced risk of breast cancer. Male dogs have no risk of testicular cancer and a reduced risk of prostate cancer. The surgery also reduces some problem behaviors related to mating, such as roaming, marking, and aggression.
- Will My Dog Get Fat after the Surgery?
No, this is a myth. Just like humans, dogs gain weight if they’re eating too much or not getting enough exercise. Provide your dogs with regular walks and healthy meals, and they’ll stay fit!