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Getting Your Dog Fixed: When & What To Know

Getting your dog spayed or neutered prevents unwanted litters, helps control undesirable behaviors, and reduces the risk of certain diseases. Our Chino Hills vets have shared everything you need to know about getting your puppy fixed.

Why should I get my dog fixed?

If you have recently adopted a puppy, you may be wondering why having your dog spayed or neutered is important. This is especially true if your dog is always on a leash during walks or confined to your home and garden. However, there are several reasons why it is beneficial to have your dog fixed. Apart from the significant health benefits, there are behavioral and financial benefits as well.

Benefits of Spaying Female Dogs

The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) estimates that 3.3 million dogs enter shelters annually.

Health Benefits of Spaying Your Dog

Spaying female dogs before their first heat can prevent uterine infections and breast tumors that are often cancerous.

Financial Benefits of Spaying Your Dog

It is a good idea to prevent the birth of unwanted puppies as it can save you money. Although there is a fee for spaying, it is comparatively low when you consider the expenses of caring for a pregnant dog, calling a vet for the birth of the puppies, and taking care of the newborns.

Deciding Not To Spay Your Female Dog

Female dogs that aren't spayed have a reproductive cycle commonly known as 'heat.' This cycle occurs twice a year and lasts for about 18 days. During this time, male dogs are attracted to the female and may visit your yard, which could result in unwanted puppies. It's important to spay your female dog to avoid these potential issues.

Benefits of Neutering Male Dogs

As with spaying female dogs, when you neuter your male dog, you help reduce the population of unwanted dogs in the United States.

Health Benefits of Neutering Your Dog

By neutering your dog, you eliminate the risk of them developing testicular cancer and significantly reduce the risk of prostate diseases, which can be serious. Neutering also helps to reduce the risk of perianal tumors and perineal hernias in your dog.

Behavioral Benefits of Neutering Your Dog

Neutering can help to curb your dog's desire to roam and may help to reduce behaviors such as mounting and aggression towards other dogs.

Deciding Not To Neuter Your Male Dog

A number of undesirable behaviors are typical of male dogs that have not been neutered. These include heightened territorial behavior, being over-protective of people and toys, roaming (seeking female dogs), and aggression towards other dogs.

When to Get Your Puppy Fixed

Typically, puppies are spayed or neutered between five to nine months of age. Adult dogs can also be spayed or neutered. Consult your vet to find out when you should get your dog fixed. 

What to Expect When Getting Your Puppy Fixed

Your veterinarian will provide detailed instructions before your pet's surgery, which may include limiting their food and water intake. After the surgery, your vet will provide you with post-operative instructions to help your pet recover comfortably. Depending on the type of procedure, your dog may be sent home with pain medication.

It's important to note that female dogs generally take longer to recover after being spayed than male dogs do after being neutered. Once a female dog has been spayed, she is considered sterile and, therefore, unable to have puppies.

However, it is crucial to remember that male dogs are not considered sterile immediately after surgery. A neutered male dog takes up to six weeks to be considered sterile.

Note: The advice provided in this post is intended for informational purposes and does not constitute medical advice regarding pets. For an accurate diagnosis of your pet's condition, please make an appointment with your vet.

To learn more about getting your dog fixed, contact our Chino Hills vets today to book an appointment.

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