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Dog Neutering and Spaying

Neutering your male dog is a medically as well as socially responsible procedure with few complications, a short hospital stay, and a brief recovery period for your pet. A dog neuter involves the surgical removal of the testicles under monitored anesthetic. The recovery time is typically very brief and you’re dog will be back to their happy energetic self in no time.

Why is it important to neuter a male dog?

Neutering your dog reduces male type behaviours such as

  • Inappropriate urination
  • Reduces inter-male aggression
  • Wondering and roaming
  • Unwanted sexual-type behaviour
  • Later in life it negates the possibility of testicular cancer or prostate enlargement
  • Population control

How old should a dog be before neutering?

Our veterinarians will determine the best time for your dog to undergo his neuter procedure. On average, most smaller breed dogs (or those under 50 pounds) are neutered at around the age of 6 to 8 months, while it is best for large or giant breed dogs to be neutered at 9 months of age or older.

Why should I spay my dog?

Spaying your dog will help with unwanted puppies, behavioural concerns and different types of cancers.

Why is spaying my dog important?

An intact female dog is at risk for developing mammary tumours and a serious infection of the uterus called pyometra. Unspayed female dogs also tend to have messy “heats” about twice per year. Intact female dogs may attract undesired attention from male dogs, which can lead to fighting. By spaying your dog you also help reduce the number of unwanted litters of puppies.

When should I spay my dog?

Our veterinary team will help you on when it is best to spay your dog. We do recommend that your pet be spayed between the 6 – 8 months of age.

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