Many research studies out there examine the optimum age to neuter dogs and cats. Some show benefits to waiting until after maturity to neuter, while others show benefits in sterilization prior to sexual maturity.
For male dogs, some of the benefits to wait until after maturity are in some cases breed dependent, with the larger dog breeds benefiting more from waiting until closer to puberty. Puberty in dogs can range anywhere between 6 months and 24 months depending upon the breed, with larger breed dogs maturing later than small breeds. Some behavioral problems, as well as accidental breedings, can be avoided if neutered between 6 and 12 months. So far, that is the agreed upon recommendation by most veterinarians.
- Small dogs (under 50 lbs): $225-$250
- Above 50 lbs: $250-$325
What to expect during neutering surgery?
- Pre anesthetic exam (in-house blood work)
- Our veterinary team will induce your dog into a safe state of general anesthesia
- Vital signs including breathing, heart rate, blood pressure, state of anesthesia, oxygenation levels, CO2 level,and body temperature are monitored closely
- The surgeon makes a small incision in the front of the scrotum
- Each testicle is removed and the blood supply and vas deferens (spermatic cord) are tied off
- The surgeon closes the incision with surgical glue or sutures
- Postoperative medications are given, and postoperative care continues until your dog is completely recovered from the anesthesia
- We will keep your dog hospitalized until she completely recovers and is safe to send home with after care instructions
Stop feeding your dog/cat food and water 12 hours previous to surgery and bring them fasting to surgery. Food can complicate surgery and it can be fatal.
Home Care Instructions
Our veterinary staff will also provide you with post-operative instructions to follow when your pet goes home. With your home care instructions you will receive medication to minimize to minimize post-op discomfort. The steps below you can follow at home in order to facilitate a safe and comfortable recovery:
Provide a quiet place for your dog to recover
Avoid bathing your dog for at least ten days after surgery
Check Incision Daily
Check incision daily to confirm proper healing.
If your dog is lethargic, has decreased appetite, is vomiting and has diarreha.
Preventing Running and Jumping
Do not allow your dog to run and jump for seven to ten days following surgery
Prevent your dog from licking the incision area. (they should wear a collar)
Pay attention to changes around the surgery area
If you find any redness, swelling, or discharge around the surgery area, or if incision is open please, call us
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