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Dog Spaying and Neutering

Spaying and neutering is the single most important method in reducing pet overpopulation for our community and, in turn, greatly reduces the number of homeless pets in shelters. Spaying and neutering also have many health and behavioural benefits for your pet. As Bob Barker would say, “Help control the pet population. Have your pets spayed or neutered.”

What does neutering/spaying do to a dog?

Spaying is a term used to describe the surgical removal of either the ovaries or both the ovaries and uterus of the female dog. Neutering is the term used to describe the surgical removal of the testicles of the male dog.

Why is it important to neuter/spay my dog?

Not only does spaying and neutering your pet help reduce the number of homeless pets in our community, this short surgical procedure has many benefits for your pet’s behaviour and health as well. Spaying and neutering can help reduce the likelihood of your pet developing certain cancers such as mammary cancer, testicular cancer and pyometra (infected uterus).

How old should a dog be before they are neutered/spayed?

For female dogs, the ideal age to have them spayed is between 6 months to one year of age and preferably before their first heat. Male small to medium breed dogs ideally should be neutered at 6 months of age. For large or giant breed dogs, it is preferred to wait until between the ages of 9 to 12 months.

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