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Dog Spaying and Neutering

We recognize that having your dog spayed or neutered is a major surgery and a big day for both you and your puppy. As responsible pet parents, we know the importance of having the surgery done. Our team will help you every step of the way. During the procedure, a registered veterinary technician continually assesses your dog’s vital signs, and we use several monitoring devices during your dog’s anesthetic.

What does neutering/spaying do to a dog?

Spaying is the common term used to describe the surgical procedure known as an ovariohysterectomy. In this procedure, the ovaries and uterus are removed completely to sterilize a female dog. Neutering involves the surgical removal of both testicles of a male dog.

Why is it important to neuter/spay my dog?

For both male and female dogs, the most obvious answer is to help reduce pet overpopulation. There are already so many dogs that need good fur-ever homes. There are also many health benefits and advantages to spaying or neutering your dog. Spaying has been shown to reduce mammary cancers, infections, and various undesirable behaviours. For male dogs, neutering can reduce undesirable behaviours, such as wandering and dominance aggression, and prevents diseases such as prostate cancer, testicular cancer, and perianal tumours.

How old should a dog be before they are neutered/spayed?

At six months of age, we advise spaying or neutering for all dogs that are not intended for breeding. However, there is emerging evidence that supports delaying the surgery for large breed female dogs. Our veterinarians are happy to answer any questions you may have about this important procedure for your pet.

How much does it cost to neuter/spay a dog?

Many factors can affect the cost of your dog’s surgery. Please contact our office directly at 604-526-0334 or via email at info@southburnabyvethospital.com and we would be happy to provide you with more information.