Spaying and Neutering
Having your dog spayed or neutered is an essential step in responsible pet care. Not only does it help reduce overpopulation (an epidemic in our area), but it also improves health, eliminates certain risks and prevents unwanted behaviours. We offer both laser and traditional spaying and neutering.
What does neutering/spaying do to a dog?
Having your dog altered involves removing the sexual organs necessary for reproduction. Spaying and neutering your dog removes desire and distractions driven by hormonal urges.
Why is it important to neuter/spay my dog?
Spaying eliminates the risk of uterine infections, uterine cancer, ovarian cancer and significantly reduces the risk of mammary cancer. Neutering eliminates the possibility of testicular cancer and substantially reduces the risk of prostate cancer. Neutering also helps prevent behaviours such as marking, roaming, territorialism and hormonal aggression.
How old should a dog be before they are neutered/spayed?
We recommend that animals be spayed or neutered before they reach sexual maturity. For females, this means before their first heat cycle. The recommended age to be neutered/spayed is between five and six months old. For some large breed dogs, there are some questions as to whether or not we should wait until they are older. Please consult with one of our veterinarians to see what time is best for your dog.