New dog owners frequently inquire with our vets in Santa Clarita about the benefits of neutering or spaying their dogs. Today, we'll share some great reasons to consider getting your puppy fixed.
Should you get your dog fixed?
According to the ASPCA (American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals), approximately 3.3 million dogs enter shelters every year across the USA.
Spaying or neutering your dog is the best way for you to help reduce the overall number of unplanned puppies each year while improving your pet's behavior and reducing their risk of some serious health conditions.
What is the difference between spaying and neutering?
Let's start by understanding what 'fixing your dog' really means. In simple terms, 'fixing' is the word we use when we talk about spaying or neutering a dog.
Spaying Female Dogs
Spaying is a procedure in which a female dog's reproductive organs are removed, either through an ovariohysterectomy (removal of uterus and ovaries) or an ovariectomy (removal of ovaries only). After spaying, your female dog won't be able to have puppies.
Neutering Male Dogs
For male dogs, neutering, or castration, involves the removal of both testicles and their associated structures. A neutered dog is unable to reproduce.
Are there any benefits to having my dog spayed or neutered?
Besides reducing the risk of unwanted puppies, there are a number of other benefits to spaying or neutering your dog.
Having your male dog neutered will protect your dog from developing testicular cancer and can also help reduce unwanted behaviors such as aggression, straying, and humping.
Protect your female dog's health by spaying her, as it can prevent serious issues like pyometra (a life-threatening uterine infection) and mammary cancer.
When should I get my dog fixed?
Several factors can play a role when considering the timing of spaying and neutering procedures for your dog. Generally, these procedures can be performed on puppies as young as a few months old.
In the past, it was common to fix puppies when they were between 4 to 6 months old. However, it's essential to talk to your vet to decide the most suitable age for spaying or neutering your dog.
Note: The advice provided in this post is intended for informational purposes and does not constitute medical advice regarding pets. For an accurate diagnosis of your pet's condition, please make an appointment with your vet.