Dog Spaying and Neutering

Part of responsible pet ownership is the decision to have your dog spayed or neutered. There are numerous health and behavioural benefits associated with this routine procedure.

What does neutering/spaying a dog do?

When a dog is spayed or neutered, their reproductive organs (the ovaries and uterus in females; the testes in males) are removed. This prevents accidental breeding from occurring and helps to prevent an overpopulation of dogs who end up in shelters and rescue groups awaiting their new home. Breeding should be reserved for experienced individuals who are committed to making sure hereditary health issues are not passed along to future generations.

Why is it important to neuter/spaying my dog?

Neutering or spaying your dog has many benefits. Intact animals are more likely to engage in aggressive behaviour, be hit by cars, or runaway during breeding times. Neutering also eliminates the risk of diseases of the reproductive organs like life-threatening infections and some cancers.

How old should a dog be before neutering/spaying?

The age when a dog is spayed or neutered is variable and is affected by many factors, such as breed, intention to use as breeding stock, and any underlying health concerns to name a few. The age at which your pet is neutered should be discussed with your veterinarian so that you can decide together what the right age is for your pet.

How much does it cost to neuter/spay a dog?

The cost to spay or neuter your dog depends on whether they are male or female, how old the pet is, and how much your pet weighs as larger pets require more anesthetic medications. Please call the clinic at 905-664-4888 to get an estimate tailored to your pet.


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