In this blog, our Grand Prairie vets share with you the reasons why you should have your dog spayed or neutered as well as everything you need to know about these common veterinary surgeries.
Should I get my dog fixed?
According to the ASPCA (American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals), about 3.3 million dogs are brought into animal shelters every year throughout the USA.
Having your dog spayed or neutered is the best way to help lower the amounts of unplanned puppies annually while improving your pup's behavior and reducing their risk of several health conditions.
Spay or Neuter?
First of all, you need to know what it means to 'fix your dog'. 'Fixing' is the overall term we use when discussing having a dog spayed or neutered.
Spaying Female Dogs
When performing a spaying procedure in Grand Prairie, a veterinary surgeon will remove a female dog's reproductive organs through either an ovariohysterectomy (both uterus and ovaries are removed) or an ovariectomy (only the ovaries are removed). Once your female dog is spayed they 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 can't reproduce.
Is spaying or neutering my dog beneficial to their health?
Other than reducing the risk of unwanted puppies, there are various other benefits to spaying or neutering your dog.
Neutered Dog Health Benefits
Having your male dog neutered will protect them from testicular cancer and can also help reduce unwanted behaviors such as aggression, straying, and humping.
Spayed Dog Health Benefits
Getting your female dog spayed can help prevent serious health problems such as pyometra, (a potentially life-threatening uterine infection), and mammary cancer.
When should I get my dog fixed?
There are various factors that can influence the timing of these procedures. However, spaying and neutering can be done on puppies as young as a few months old. Traditionally, puppies were fixed when they were between 4 - 6 months old.
Talk to your veterinarian to learn the best age to have your dog spayed or neutered.
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.