Some dog owners are unaware of the importance of getting their dogs fixed. Today, our Clarksville vets share some information on getting your dog fixed including the spay and neuter procedures, and the benefits they provide.
Why You Should Spay or Neuter Your Dog
According to the ASPCA (American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals), approximately 3.3 million dogs enter shelters every year across the USA.
Spaying or neutering your dog is the best way for you to help reduce the vast number of unwanted puppies each year while improving your pet's behavior and reducing their risk of some serious health conditions.
Difference Between Spaying & Neutering
First, it's important to understand what 'fixing your dog' actually means. 'Fixing' is the term used when talking about spaying or neutering a dog.
Spaying Female Dogs
Spaying entails the removal of a female dog's reproductive organs through either an ovariohysterectomy (both uterus and ovaries are removed) or an ovariectomy (only the ovaries are removed). After your female dog has been spayed she will not 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 is unable to reproduce.
Benefits of Having Your Dog Spayed or Neutered
Aside from the benefit of reducing unplanned puppies, there are plenty of other reasons to spay or neuter your dog.
Neutering helps to prevent male dogs from developing testicular cancer and can also help reduce unwanted behaviors such as aggression, humping, and straying.
Spaying your female dog can help to prevent serious health problems such as pyometra, (a potentially life-threatening uterine infection), and mammary cancer.
When to Get Your Dog Fixed
Several factors can influence the timing of these procedures, however, both spaying and neutering can be done on puppies as young as a few months old. Puppies are typically fixed when they are between 4 - 6 months old.
Talk to your vet about an appropriate time to spay or neuter your puppy.
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.