Dog Spaying and Neutering

At the Dartmouth Veterinary Hospital, we believe that spaying or neutering your dog is a large part of responsible pet ownership. Not only does it help control the population of homeless dogs, but it can also have significant health benefits, and in some cases can lessen or even put an end to undesirable behaviours such as; roaming, marking their territory, leg cocking, humping, and aggression.

What does neutering/spaying a dog do?

Spaying your female dog is an elective surgery where your veterinarian removes their reproductive organs (ovaries and uterus) making conception impossible. Neutering your male dog is also an elective surgery in which the veterinarian removes his reproductive organs (testes, sections of his testicular blood vessels, and spermatic ducts). Both of these surgeries are routine and are performed at the clinic regularly.

Why is it important to neuter or spay my dog?

By having your female dog spayed at this time you are reducing her risk of some medical conditions such as mammary tumours and pyometra, a life-threatening infection of the uterus. By neutering your male dog you can help to prevent prostate issues, related tumours and other issues that may arise later in life.

How old should a dog be before neutering/spaying?

There is no absolute right age to spay or neuter your dog, but in general our veterinarians usually suggest spaying before your dog’s first estrus or “heat”, usually around 6 months of age. As for neutering your dog, the recommendation is usually a little bit later, somewhere around 8-12 months, which can be dependent on breed. Generally, it’s best to wait until they are fully grown and their bones have fully developed before going ahead with the surgery, although in some cases neutering may be warranted as early as 6-7 months. The best way to determine the appropriate age for your pet to be spayed or neutered is to speak to your veterinarian. A good time for you to have this discussion with them might be at your final puppy visit around 16 weeks of age. Together, you and your veterinarian can make the right choice for your individual pet’s well-being.

How much does it cost to neuter/spay a dog?

Pricing varies depending on your dog’s needs. When pricing out spays and neuters always ensure they include I.V fluids, the option of bloodwork, and microchip. Also, ask if you can tour the facility or meet with a tech prior to the day of. Contact Dartmouth Veterinary Hospital at 902-434-0700 and we can provide you with a personalized quote for you and your dog.

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