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Getting Your Dog Fixed

If you have a new dog or puppy, then you may be wondering about the different preventive measures, like spaying and neutering. Our vets in Los Angeles talk about getting your dog spayed or neutered, including the benefits of this veterinary surgery and what you can expect.

Why is it important to spay or neuter my dog?

Spaying or neutering your dog is important for several reasons. First and foremost, it helps control the pet population by preventing unwanted litters of puppies. This can help reduce the number of homeless animals and overcrowding in shelters. Additionally, spaying or neutering can also have health benefits for your dog, such as reducing the risk of certain types of cancer and infections.

Furthermore, spaying or neutering can also help improve your dog's behavior. Neutered males are less likely to roam or exhibit aggressive behaviors, while spayed females will not go into heat, which can prevent unwanted attention from other dogs.

What are the benefits of a spayed female dog?

Across the United States, animal shelters are filled with dogs. The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) estimates that 3.3 million dogs are a part of the shelter system in America each year. 

Health Benefits of Spaying Surgery

Spaying your female dog before her first "heat" can reduce the risk of diseases such as uterine infections and breast tumors, which can lead to cancer.

Financial Benefits of Spaying Surgery

Preventing the birth of unwanted puppies saves you money. Although there's a fee for spaying, it's much cheaper than the expenses involved in taking care of a pregnant dog, calling a vet for the birth of puppies, and caring for newborns.

Deciding Not To Spay Your Female Dog

When female dogs are not spayed, they enter a reproductive stage called "heat." During this period, male dogs can be attracted to your dog for up to 18 days. This may result in unwelcome encounters with male dogs during walks or in your yard, and it can also lead to an unintended litter of puppies.

What are the benefits of a neutered male dog?

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

Health Benefits of Neutering Surgery

Neutering your dog has several benefits. It reduces the chance of them developing testicular cancer and lowers the risk of prostate diseases, which can be serious. Neutering also prevents unwanted behaviors and conditions such as perineal tumors and hernias.

Behavioral Benefits of Neutering Surgery

Neutering can control your dog's urge to wander and potentially decrease behaviors like mounting and aggression toward other dogs.

Deciding Not To Neuter Your Male Dog

Unneutered male dogs often exhibit several undesirable behaviors. These can include displaying territorial behavior, being overly protective of toys and people, showing aggression towards other dogs, and roaming, especially when searching for female dogs.

When is it recommended to have your puppy fixed?

Puppies are usually spayed or neutered when they are between five and nine months old. Even adult dogs can undergo this procedure. It's best to consult your veterinarian to determine the appropriate time to get your dog spayed or neutered.

What should you expect from your dog's veterinary surgery in Los Angeles?

Your veterinarian will give you detailed instructions before your pet's surgery. These instructions will include guidelines for restricting your pet's food and water before the scheduled procedure.

Once the surgery is completed, your veterinarian will give you instructions to help your dog recover comfortably. Depending on the timing of the procedure, your dog may be given pain medication to take home. Female dogs typically take longer to recover from spaying than male dogs after neutering.

Please keep in mind that male dogs are not immediately sterile after neutering. It can take up to 6 weeks for them to be considered safely 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.

Is it time to schedule your dog's spay or neuter? Contact our Los Angeles veterinarians today to schedule an appointment.

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