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Dog Health: Spaying and Neutering

SPAYING AND NEUTERING

Canine Spay or Ovariohysterectomy

Canine Spay or Ovariohysterectomy is the surgical removal of a female dog’s ovaries and uterus. It is generally performed after 6 months of age. A spay is a day surgery. Your pet should have no food after midnight the day before surgery but water is fine. Please drop off in the morning between 7:30am- 8:30am (this time is flexible) and pick up between 6-8pm the same day. Your pet will go home with pain control medication and discharge instructions, which the staff will review at the time of pick up.

Download discharge instructions here
See Surgery and Pre-Anesthetic Blood Testing for more information

What are the Benefits of Spaying Your Dog?

  • The prevention of unwanted litters and risks associated with pregnancy such as Caesarian Sections
  • The prevention of uterine, ovarian, and mammary gland (breast) cancers
  • The prevention of pyometra, a life threatening infection in the uterus
  • The prevention of annoying heat cycles

Canine neuter or Orchidectomy

Canine neuter or Orchidectomy is the surgical removal of the male dog’s testicles. It is generally performed at 6 months of age, but can done later in life. A neuter is a day surgery. Please drop him off in the morning between 730am-830am (this time is flexible) and pick up is between 6pm-8pm the same day. Your pet will go home with pain medication and discharge instructions, which the staff will review at the time of pick up. (Click on discharge instructions)

Download discharge instructions here
See Surgery and Pre-Anesthetic Blood Testing for more information

What are the Benefits of Neutering Your Dog?

  • Aids in the prevention of unwanted litters
  • The prevention of testicular diseases such as testicular cancers, testicular tension, etc.
  • The reduction of prostatic diseases and the reduction of testosterone induced diseases such as prostate infections, benign prostatic hypertrophy, prostate tumors, perianal tumors, and perianal hernias.
  • The prevention or reduction of testosterone mediated behavioral problems, such as marking territory, roaming, guarding, and aggression towards other dogs (especially males) and people.