Reasons to Spay or Neuter Your Dog

Wondering if you should spay or neuter your dog? There are many compelling reasons to do so. 

First of all, here is the difference between a spaying and a neutering procedure. Both are procedures done to sterilize animals like cats and dogs (rendering them unable to reproduce), but spaying refers to the procedure done to females, and neutering refers to the procedure done to males. Both are serious surgeries - spaying involves taking out the uterus and ovaries, while male pets are neutered by taking out the testicles.

There are numerous reasons you should spay or neuter your dog. First of all, you've likely heard about the serious dog overpopulation issue that we experience here in North America. One look at your local pet classified ads can allude to this; we simply have more dogs than owners. Over 12 million unwanted dogs and cats are euthanized each year in North America, and even more are abandoned. 

Beyond our overpopulation issues, there are important medical reasons to spay or neuter your dog.

Male dogs that are neutered are unable to get testicular cancer, AND they live 40% longer than their unneutered counterparts. Neutering your dog greatly reduces roaming; sexual hormones are VERY strong motivators, and the urge to breed will encourage dogs to find just about any way possible to get out of confinement. This puts them at great danger of being hurt in traffic (over 62% of dogs hit by cars are unneutered) or getting lost. Finally, it's reported that 66% of unneutered males suffer from prostate disease. We can help you determine the best time to neuter your male dog.

Female dogs that are spayed cannot get uterine cancers, and their risk of breast cancer is reduced by 25%! Plus, you'll find they are less prone to painful urinary tract infections. Spaying your female dog will ALSO keep the unneutered males at bay; when females begin their heat cycle starting at just 6 months of age, they attract unneutered males (the aforementioned roamers) within 20 miles. Your female dog will also experience a bleeding cycle when in heat; spaying her will prevent the leaking throughout your house.  Ideally, your dog should be spayed before she enters her first heat cycle.

We Understand the importance of spaying and neutering your dog and cat. See our special promotion below for the month of August only. Call us today to book (even for future months) and take advantage of this special offer! (250) 339-6555

- Your family vet, Dr. Stacey Gastis