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Your Guide to Getting Your Dog Fixed

Not sure whether getting your dog fixed is worth the money or the hassle? Here, you can learn about the benefits of spaying or neutering your dog and the best age for these procedures to be performed.

Why should I get my dog fixed?

According to the ASPCA (American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals), approximately 3.3 million dogs enter shelters across the USA every year.

Getting your female dog spayed or your male dog neutered is the best way for you to help reduce the overall number of unplanned puppies each year while improving your pet's behavior and reducing their risk of some serious health conditions.

What does getting a dog 'fixed' actually mean?

Let's start by defining exactly what 'getting your dog fixed' means. 'Fixing' is a generic term used when we talk about spaying or neutering a pet. These are common surgeries performed to sterilize animals. 

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.

How could spaying or neutering benefit my dog?

As well as reducing the risk of unwanted puppies there are a number of other benefits to spaying or neutering your dog.

Neutered dogs are protected against developing testicular cancer and often show fewer undesirable behaviors such as aggression, straying, and humping. 

Spayed dogs are protected against some serious health problems such as pyometra, (a potentially life-threatening uterine infection), and face a reduced risk of developing mammary cancer.

What is the best age to get my dog fixed?

There are a number of factors that can influence the timing of these procedures, however, both spaying and neutering can be done on puppies as young as a few months old.

Until recently, most puppies were fixed when they were between 4 - 6 months old. Recently however some veterinarians have begun recommending that these operations be done after the dog reaches sexual maturity between 6 - 12 months of age.

To find out the best time to get your dog fixed, speak to your veterinarian.

Note: The advice provided in this post is intended for informational purposes and does not constitute medical advice regarding pets. Please make an appointment with your vet to accurately diagnose your pet's condition.

If you live in the Augusta area and have questions about getting your dog fixed, our veterinarians would be happy to help. Contact Highland Animal Hospital today to book an appointment for your dog.

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