Neutering, spaying or castrating your dog is essential to control unwanted pregnancies and to help reduce the overpopulation of strays in desperate need of a good home. Not only is this a responsible thing to do as a pet owner, but it may also help reduce the risks of some cancers and unwanted behaviours as well as other potential health concerns.
What does neutering/spaying do to a dog?
Castrating a dog has many benefits both medically and behaviorally. Medical benefits can include reduced incidents of prostatic diseases and testicular cancers. Behaviourally, castrating your dog can help with unwanted marking, roaming, aggression and help with population control.
Why is it important to neuter/spay my dog?
Spaying a dog has many benefits both medically and behaviorally. Medical benefits include the prevention of unwanted pregnancies/pseudo-pregnancies, reduced incidences of mammary cancer (if spayed at 6 months of age) and a decreased risk of a serious life-threatening uterine infection in older females. Behaviourally, spaying your dog can reduce aggression between dogs and help with population control.
How old should a dog be before they are neutered/spayed?
For most breeds of dogs, we recommending neutering or spaying your dog at 6 months of age.