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The benefits of having your dog spayed or neutered
There are many benefits to having your dog neutered or spayed.
For females, spaying will eliminate the risk of unwanted pregnancies and avoid the bitch coming into season or heat, during which time she could have bleeding and behavioural changes such as yowling, crying and searching for a mate. Spaying young females will reduce the risk of developing mammary tumours and pyometra.
Spaying and surgery are done under general anaesthesia. The surgical area is prepared aseptically and the fur on the abdomen is clipped. A bitch spay is performed on your dog. Incisions are made into the abdomen from near the navel back towards the pelvis, through which the ovaries and uterus are accessed and removed. There could be surgical risks.
For males, neutering will prevent the development of testicular tumours, as well as reducing the likelihood of health problems and unwanted behaviours associated with the hormone, testosterone. It avoids unwanted pregnancies.
Neutering is the removal of the testes. As with spaying, the surgery is performed under general anaesthesia with your dog laying on his back. The scrotum and the base of the penis are the places where the testicles can be accessed and removed. There are surgical risks that include bleeding, infections, and wound complications.
The risk of post-op wound complications increases if your dog is too active too quickly, or is allowed to lick their surgical wound, which is why dogs should be rested after their operations.
MYTH: Spaying or Neutering can cause Health problems.
There isn’t an absolute age at which a dog or cat should be neutered. Females who are sterized have a lower chance of developing mammary cancer and ovarian cancer than males who are sterized. Pets should be neutered before their first heat cycle or 6 months of age. Most of the unwanted behaviors associated with the hormones will be alleviated by this. Some female sholders may develop incontinence in later years. The lower levels of estrogen are the reason for this. It can be managed with appropriate medication if it develops.
The bottom line. The overall benefits for the health, behavior and general well-being of your pet by getting them neutered or spayed is an overwhelming advantage compared to the surgical risks involved with the procedure!
Call the CEDARCREST Animal Clinic to make an appointment for your pet.
What Is Neutering?
Neutering is the practice of sterilizing male animals by removing their testicles. The penis is not operated on during this procedure, and the scrotal sac is left in place, but eventually shrinks back into the skin.
A neutered male is not sterile immediately after his surgery. It can take up to six weeks for a neutered male to be considered sterile. It is important to keep a neutered male away from females in heat for about six weeks to prevent pregnancies.
Male dogs recover quickly after the procedure because Neuter is less intrusive.
There is a genetic condition in male dogs.
Most male dogs are born with two testicles that descend from their stomachs, through the inguinal canal, and into the dog’s scrotal sacs. The testicles should be visible and dropped in a male puppy by two months of age, but this descent can take up to six months. When one or both testicles fail to descend from the abdomen into the scrotal sacs, a male can have an increase in health risks.
The failure of the testicles to descend is a condition that can be caused by an inherited trait. There is a chance that the testicles will get twisted in the spermatic cord if the dogs don’t have their neutering scheduled sooner. The exact location of the testicle may be determined by your vet. Neutering dogs with the trait is important to make sure they don’t pass it on to other puppies.
When Should I Get My Dog Fixed?
Many shelters sterilize puppies and dogs to control overpopulation. The most recent recommendations are for dogs in secure homes.
Small-breed dogs under 45 pounds should be neutered at six months of age, and large-breed dogs over 45 pounds should be neutered after growth stops. There are a number of factors that affect when to suck a large-breed dog. Depending on your dog’s disease risk and lifestyle, the recommended window is between 5 and 15 months. It’s a good idea to consult with your vet to narrow the window.
Spaying and neutering can be done on an older dog if they are in good health.
There are risks of Neutering or Spaying. Too soon.
There is growing concern about getting certain dog breeds fixed too early. Golden retrievers, Labrador retrievers, and German Shepherds have higher risks of developing joint disorders, orthopedic injuries, and certain cancers.
The concern for spaying or neutering certain dog breeds too soon could stunt their growth. If you are overly concerned about this happening to your pup, you might want to talk to your vet to see if they have fully closed their growth plates before going under the knife.
How Much Does Spaying & Neutering Cost?
The cost of spaying and neutering depends on a number of factors, including the animal’s overall health, size and weight, geographic location, and whether the surgery is spaying or neutering. A lot of pet owners choose to have their pet neutered or spaying.
There is no way to portray the price range for spaying and neutering accurately. Many vets offer affordable spaying and neutering for pets. It is possible to find affordable spaying and neutering at your local animal shelter.
It is possible to enroll in a pet plan that will cover a portion of the procedure done by your vet. It can be used for more than one preventative vet visit.
Is a private practice vet worth the cost?
Pet owners should provide a safe spaying and neutering experience for their pets. This type of experience is provided by all licensed veterinarians regardless of whether they work at a private practice clinic, a low-cost clinic, or at the Humane Society.
There are benefits to going with a private veterinary practice for your dog’s spaying or neutering. You and your dog will have a lifelong relationship if you use a private practice vet.