Getting your dog fixed: When and What To Know

Some owners might think that it doesn't matter if they don't get their pooch spayed or neutered, but on the contrary, fixing your pet can prevent a lot of potential issues, including disease and the rise of stray animals in your neighbourhood! Here, our Ruckersville vets share details about when you should get your dog fixed and what you need to know about the process.

Why should I get my dog fixed?

There are many good reasons to have your puppy spayed or neutered, including some significant health benefits, behavioral benefits, and possibly even financial benefits!

Benefits of Spaying Female Dogs

Health Benefits of Spaying Your Dog

Spaying your female dog before she reaches her first "heat" can help to curb diseases like uterine infections and  breast tumors, both of which can cause cancer.

Financial Benefits of Spaying Your Dog

Preventing the birth of unwanted puppies is good for your pocketbook. While there is a fee for spaying, this fee is relatively low when compared to the cost of caring for a pregnant dog, calling a vet to the birth of the puppies and caring for newborns.

Deciding Not To Spay Your Female Dog

When female dogs aren't spayed, they go into a reproductive stage often known as "heat." This stage can cause male dogs to be attracted to your pup for up to 18 days. This can lead to unwanted visits from male dogs while out for walks or in your yard and can also result inn an unwanted litter of puppies.

Benefits of Neutering Male Dogs

Health Benefits of Neutering Your Dog

By neutering your dog you are helping to eliminate the risk of tentacular cancer for them and are able to significantly curb the risk of prostate diseases (which can be quite serious). Neutering also helps to prevent undesirable behaviors and conditions like perinial tumors and hernias.

Behavioral Benefits of Neutering Your Dog

Neutering can help to curb your dog's desire to roam and may help to reduce behaviors such as mounting and aggression towards other dogs.

Deciding Not To Neuter Your Male Dog

There are a number of different undesirable behaviors which are typical of a male dog which hasn't been neutered. These include increased territorial behavior, being over-protective of toys and people, aggression towards other dogs and roaming (particularly when seeking female dogs).

When to Get Your Puppy Fixed

Typically, puppies are spayed or neutered between five to nine months of age. Adult dogs can also be spayed or neutered. Consult your vet to find out when you should get your dog fixed. 

What to Expect When Getting Your Puppy Fixed

After the surgery is completed, your vet will provide you with post-operative instructions for helping your dog to comfortably recover. Depending on when the procedure is being performed, pain medication may also be sent home with your dog. 

Generally, female dogs take longer to recover after being spayed than male dogs after being neutered. After a female has been spayed, she is considered to be sterile and will not be able to have puppies.

It's important to remember that male dogs aren't considered sterile immediate after they have undergone a neuter. It can take up to 6 weeks for them to be safely considered sterile.

More questions about spaying or neutering your canine companion? Contact our Ruckersville vets today!