There are many good reasons to surgically sterilize your pet, including preventing pregnancy (and contributing to pet overpopulation). But in the end, it is a personal decision for you and your pet.
There are many reasons why proponents on both sides argue for and against it. Below we’ve outlined 5 commonly asked questions related to “should I spay my dog” and their answers.
- At what age should I spay my dog?
Spaying your dog can be done as early as two months or two pounds, however the average age is typically four months. Be sure to check with your local or state laws regarding the required age restrictions.
- Should I spay my dog after she has had one litter?
No. It is recommended that your dog is spayed before her first heat, because this will greatly reduce her risk of mammary tumors. Spaying also prevents the heat cycle from occurring in the future.
- What are some of the health benefits of spay/neuter?
Both male and female dogs have no risks of infections, cancers, or diseases of the uterus. They have a reduced risk of prostate and breast cancer, respectively. This surgery also minimizes behavioral problems that are often related to mating, such as marking, roaming, and aggression. There is no truth to the myths that spayed dogs will become overweight or be less intelligent or trainable.
- Is the surgery safe?
If you’ve answered “yes” to the question “should I spay my dog,” then you should know that it is a safe surgery that is routinely performed. You shouldn’t be overly worried about the procedure. Our veterinarians are extremely experienced and you can rest assured that your pup will be in excellent hands.
- Will my dog be in pain?
Like any surgery, there will be some discomfort however your pup will not experience any pain during the actual surgery. They will be given an injection and be provided pain management for eight to twelve hours after the surgery. You will also be given medication for administration once your dog is home with you.