Spay and Neuter: Dogs
Eliminating your dog’s ability to reproduce is required in Los Angeles County. Pet overpopulation has become a huge problem in the US, causing some organizations like the ASPCA (American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) to call for more regulation regarding spaying and neutering of pets. If you have a puppy or recently-adopted dog, it’s important to make sure they are spayed or neutered as required by law – and to help them lead a longer, healthier life.
Why Should I Spay or Neuter My Dog?
Eliminating your pet’s reproductive organs reduces hormone levels that can lead to erratic behavior, harmful medical conditions, and unwanted litters of puppies. Female dogs that have been spayed have lower rates of breast cancer and uterine infections, while male dogs that have been neutered have a lower risk of testicular cancer or an enlarged prostate.
Your dog’s reduced hormones also help to regulate their behavior by reducing aggressive tendencies or dog’s embarrassing propensity to mount other animals or people.
It is recommended to spay or neuter your dog before reaching six months old. Their behavioral issues are kept to a minimum if they are sterilized before going into heat for the first time.
During surgery, a small incision is carefully placed on your dog’s abdomen. Our Covina veterinarian will then remove the uterus, ovaries, and fallopian tubes before closing the incision. By removing the reproductive organs, your dog is no longer able to get pregnant. The incision is closed, and then your pet will rest and recover, and can usually come home the same day.
In addition to reducing unwanted pregnancy, the removal of the reproductive organs reduces your dog’s risk of cancer or infections.
When your male dog is neutered, a small incision is made in the dog’s scrotum. Both testicles are removed before closing the incision. Your male dog will also be able to return home the same day.
Male dogs tend to roam around in search of a mate, or they can exhibit aggressive behavior when in heat. Removing their reproductive organs curbs this behavior by reducing their hormone levels.
Our Covina veterinarian will conclude each procedure by giving you, the owner, some instructions for caring for your dog once he or she returns home.
Low Cost Spay & Neuter Procedures in Covina
Getting your dog fixed is much more affordable than caring for a new litter of puppies, especially with low cost spay and neuter services from Affordable Animal Hospital Covina. Our experienced staff have performed thousands of these routine procedures, and can help your pet live a long and healthy life. We want to help you do your part to reduce pet overpopulation and help keep dogs healthy for the long term, so we invite you to find out more about our affordable spay and neuter services.