Spay and Neutering for Dogs
Why Spay or Neuter?
Each year, millions of unwanted dogs, including puppies, are euthanized. Responsible pet owners can make a difference. Family Veterinary Clinic believes that when you spay or neuter your dog, you are preventing unwanted and unintentional litters, preventing potential health problems. It also may reduce many behavioral issues.
What is Spaying or Neutering?
Spaying a female dog may involve removing the ovaries, fallopian tubes, and uterus, therefore, eliminating the heat cycle. Neutering removes the male dog’s testes. Spaying and neutering dogs help to reduce unwanted behaviors associated with the breeding instinct. The procedure does not affect your pet’s intelligence or ability to learn, play, work or hunt.
Are there risks?
Overall, the incidence of complications for sterilization is very low. While spaying and neutering are major surgeries, they are one of the most common procedures performed by vets. But, because your pet is fully anesthetized during the surgery, there are slight risks. Also, it is of utmost importance to follow all post-surgery recommendations to prevent complications.
When should my dog be spayed or neutered?
It is best to speak with your vet about the best time to spay or neuter your pet. We will make a recommendation based on your dog’s age, breed, and physical condition. There are advantages to early spaying your puppy. It can help to protect her from serious health problems that occur later in life, such as uterine infections and certain types of cancer. If you neuter your puppy early, it helps contribute to lessening his risk of an enlarged prostate and prevents testicular cancer.
Are there options to spaying and neutering?
If you decide to spay or neuter your pet, there are options. Consult with us about what is best for your dog. The friendly and knowledgeable staff at Family Veterinary Clinic can answer all your questions and help you to make an informed choice.
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