Spaying & Neutering for Dogs
We recommend neutering unless you are using your pet for breeding. Neutering can be done at about 5-6 months of age.
Neutering for females referred to as spaying is the complete removal of the ovaries and uterus. It involves a general anesthesia and is a major abdominal surgery. Female dogs should be spayed before their first heat cycle. Female dogs may be kept overnight following surgery. An unaltered female dog is at a higher risk for uterine infections and mammary tumors.
Neutering for males referred to as castration is the removal of the testicles through surgery. It involves a general anesthetic. Male dogs are generally discharged from the hospital towards the end of their surgical day. Neutering your male pup decreases its risk of developing prostate infections and cancer.
A neutered dog:
Is easier to train because they will concentrate more on you and be less likely to be aggressive towards other animals.
Is less concerned with marking their territory with urine (both indoors and outdoors)
Has less desire to run away or roam in search of a mate
Makes a calmer and gentler pet
Avoid certain health risks – such as pyometra (uterine infection) a life-threatening infection in female mammals.