Neutering your pet is an important part of preventative health care. We recommend that all pets not intended for breeding or showing be neutered, ideally at 5 to 6 months of age. Neutering does not interfere with a working dog’s ability (e.g. hunting dog), and with proper diet and exercise, it should not result in a lazy, obese pet.
There are many health benefits that result from neutering your pet:
- The risk of testicular cancer is eliminated.
- The risk of prostate cancer is virtually eliminated if a dog is neutered before sexual maturity.
- Neutering helps reduce a male’s desire to roam, especially if performed before sexual maturity.
- Neutering also helps reduce a male’s desire to “mark his territory” with urine.
- Neutering eliminates the risk of unwanted pregnancy which contributes to the pet overpopulation problem, and results in many unwanted pets being euthanized in animal shelters every year.
- Neutering will reduce fighting behaviour in cats by 90%.
- Neutering reduces a male’s desire to roam in cats by 90%.
Neutering, which involves removing the testicles, is a surgical procedure and does need to be performed with the pet under anesthesia. We follow strict protocols and continually monitor your pet’s vital signs to help ensure his safety. Please see the descriptions under Anesthesia and Patient Monitoring for more information on what we do to keep your pet safe.
To set up an appointment to have your pet neutered or to learn more about this procedure, please call or visit our clinic. If you are struggling with the decision of whether to neuter your pet, please call us so we can discuss your concerns.