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Spay and Neuter: Dogs

Modern dog owners see spaying and neutering their pets a part of being a responsible pet owner. This wasn't always the case. When dogs and cats became household pets, the number of unwanted animals exploded. Why? There were no reliable, humane ways to control the pet population. It wasn't until 1972 when the ASPCA (the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals), legally required all adopted animals to be spayed or neutered. In the past couple decades, feral cat trap-neuter-release programs and the No Kill Movement in animal shelters have gained popularity. Spaying and neutering pets is important to not only controlling the pet population, but is important to your pet's health and well-being.

Why Should I Spay or Neuter My Dog?

By spaying or neutering your dog, you can help them live longer, healthier lives. Spaying and neutering can help protect your dogs from health issues like breast cancer or uterine infections. Male dogs that have been neutered have a far lower risk of enlarged prostates or testicular cancer. Spaying and neutering can also minimize behavioral issues. Beyond these important health issues, in Los Angeles County, dogs (and cats) are required to be spayed or neutered.

When Should Dogs Be Spayed or Neutered?

Puppies should be spayed or neutered before turning six months old. By spaying or neutering your dog when they're younger, you help them avoid developing behaviors that put them at risk. Spaying dogs early means your dog (if female) will never go into heat.

The Spaying and Neutering Surgical Process

Basically, spaying and neutering achieve the same goal: fixing your dog so it can't have puppies. Here are the differences between the two procedures performed and female and male dogs:

  • Spaying: Our animal surgeon makes an incision in the dog’s abdomen. The uterus and ovaries are then removed. The incision then carefully closed.
  • Neutering: Our veterinary surgeon will make a small incision in the dog's scrotum. Both testicles are removed. The incision is then closed.

Benefits of Spaying Your Female Puppy

Having your female puppy spayed can help them avoid a number of future health issues. The most common issues your female puppy may later face include:

  • Unwanted pregnancy
  • Cancer (especially breast cancer and reproductive cancer)
  • Infections
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Benefits of Neutering Your Male Puppy

Neutering your male puppy can help them avoid several health and behavioral issues. Certain cancers, especially prostate and testicular cancer, are much less prevalent in neutered dogs. Neutering can also help:

  • Reduce your dog's aggression
  • Reduce your dog's agitation and attraction toward female dogs
  • Reduce the habit of roaming, chasing or sexually mounting

Caring for Your Male Puppy After Neutering

Neutering is a minor surgery, requiring little in post-operative care. Your dog may even be able to go home with you the same day as their procedure. After neutering, your dog will be able to eat and drink normally, so they can go right back to their usual diet. However, you should be gentle with them and do not engage in any strenuous activities, and completely avoid activities that include your puppy running, or any rough play. Dogs will be provided a cone shaped E collar that keeps them away from the surgical wounds. Neuter wounds should heal in about one week's time, allowing your puppy to quickly get back to his normal, rambunctious self.

Is Spaying or Neutering Safe for Your Puppy?

Yes, spaying and neutering are both completely safe. For your dog, being spayed or neutered is just a minor, routine surgery. Much like a human surgery, your dog will feel no pain during the surgical procedure and will be sedated. All your dog will experience is a deep sleep, immediately forgotten. The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) recommends dogs be spayed or neutered when they are puppies. Dogs can be safely spayed or neutered as young as eight weeks old. According to the AVMA, spaying or neutering is much easier for puppies because they heal much more quickly than adult dogs. It is also a legal requirement for dogs in Los Angeles County.

Contact Our Vet for Spaying and Neutering at Affordable Prices

Our dedicated staff is here to provide the Eagle Rock community with high quality, affordable dog spaying and neutering services. We are committed to helping responsible dog owners to do their part to end pet overpopulation. Contact us today to schedule your dog's spaying or neutering. Give your dog the gift of a happy, long, and healthy life.

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