Do I have to spay or neuter my dog?
We recommend spaying all female pets. The benefits to your pet’s health and to help reduce the pet overpopulation crisis make this decision easier
What are the advantages of spaying in the female dog?
- Prevention of “heat” or estrus
- When in “heat”, the female experiences an urge to escape in order to find a mate. This unwanted and dangerous behavior is eliminated.
- Elimination of the hormone fluctuations that cause false pregnancy following the “heat cycle”
- Prevention of uterine infection known as pyometra
- Prevention of breast cancer. Dogs spayed before their first “heat” have less than 0.5% chance of developing breast cancer.
- Elimination of the risk of uterine and ovarian cancer
What are the advantages of neutering my male dog?
- Reduces the risk of benign prostatic hyperplasia and prostatitis
- Reduces the risk of hormone-related diseases such as perianal adenoma
- Eliminates the risk of testicular cancer, the second most common cancer in intact dogs
- Removes sexual urges, which usually decreases roaming behaviors
- Reduces certain types of aggression