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08/26/2009 10:26:50 AM by kjgriffice   Send Message to kjgriffice  1201  views, category: Pet care, safety and insurance view all blogs

I have worked in the veterinary field for over 10 years, and I am constantly amazed at the number of companion pets who are not spayed or neutered.  Leaving out reasons such as breeding or financially prohibitive, there are many reasons why surgical altering of pets can prove medically advantageous.



Spaying your female dog is a surgical procedure usually performed around 6 to 8 months of age, but is highly recommended for adult dogs as well.


Spaying your pet can provide the following benefits:

  • Eliminates unwanted heat cycles - which occur approximately every 6-8 months and can last up to 21 days.  Eliminates unsightly discharge and odor associated with the estrus cycle.Can prevent development of pyometra – a life-threatening infection of the uterus.


    If spayed:

    Chance of developing mammary tumors:

    Prior to 1st heat cycle

    Less than 1%

    Between 1st and 2nd heat cycle

    Approximately 7%

    After 2nd heat cycle

    25% (1in 4 chance of development






    Neutering your male dog is a surgical procedure usually performed around 5 to 6 months of age, but is highly recommended for adult dogs as well.


    Neutering your pet can provide the following benefits:

    • Eliminate or significantly decrease undesirable sexual behaviors; such as, “marking” their territory.
    • Eliminate the urge to roam in search of females.
    • Greatly reduce the possible development of perianal tumors, testicular cancer, and a transmissible venereal tumor.
    • Greatly reduces the likelihood of prostate infection and/or prostate cancer.
    • Reduces the possibility of your dog later biting or becoming increasingly aggressive towards other dogs and humans.

     Spaying or neutering is a one-time expense that can greatly improve your pets quality of life.  It will not change your pet’s personality – it will only make them a calmer, more devoted companion.  Although hormonal changes following surgery may cause an increased appetite, weight gain can be controlled by proper diet and exercise.



  • Helps control the pet population by avoiding unwanted pregnancies.
  • Research indicates early spaying can greatly reduce the risk of mammary cancer (see chart).

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