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Dog Spaying and Neutering

Ovariohysterectomy (spaying) and Castration (neutering) of dogs at the appropriate age, helps dogs to live longer lives with less potential for illnesses. We can help limit the number of animals in shelters as well by preventing unwanted pregnancies.

What does neutering/spaying a dog do?

Neutering and spaying remove the reproductive organs of dogs. In females, the uterus and both ovaries are removed and this prevents dogs from going into “heat” and makes it impossible for them to get pregnant. Neutering male dogs involve removing both testicles. This prevents the desire to breed and helps to stop ‘marking’ with urine in the house.

Why is it important to neuter/spay my dog?

Neutering and spaying dogs involve the surgical removal of reproductive organs. This can help to prevent possible illnesses caused by testosterone or estrogen hormones, such as testicular cancer and mammary tumours.

How old should a dog be before neutering/spaying?

Six months is the earliest recommended age that dogs are spayed or neutered. Some larger breed dogs do better health wise if they are neutered after they are full grown. Our veterinarians can help determine the best time to neuter or spay your pet.

How much does it cost to neuter/spay a dog?

The cost for a spay or neuter is dependent on the age and weight of your pet. Please visit or contact the team at North Hill Animal Hospital and we can provide you with all the information about the surgery and cost.

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