At Angelus Pet Hospital, we understand the crucial role spaying and neutering play in controlling the pet population. By offering humane and effective spay and neuter services, we strive to prevent unnecessary euthanasia and create a healthier environment for dogs. Our spay and neuter services contribute to the well-being of individual pets and the larger canine community.
Spay & Neuter: Dogs
The Importance Of Dog Spaying & Neutering
Spaying and neutering your dog contributes to their well-being and helps manage behavioral concerns stemming from reproductive hormones. Unneutered males might exhibit heightened aggression and territorial behavior. Additionally, spaying can decrease the likelihood of certain cancers and uterine infections in females. Most areas in Los Angeles County require pet sterilization to curb overpopulation and promote a healthier, happier canine community.
Neutering For Male Dogs
Neutering is a surgical procedure performed on male dogs to remove their testicles. This procedure eliminates the production of testosterone, reducing aggressive behavior, marking, and roaming tendencies. Neutering contributes to better behavior and plays a significant role in preventing certain health issues like testicular cancer and prostate problems.
Benefits Of Male Puppy Neutering:
- Reduces aggressive behavior
- Minimizes roaming tendencies
- Decreases urine marking
- Prevents testicular cancer
- Mitigates prostate problems
- Reduces the likelihood of your dog wandering in search of a mate
- Aids in overall pet population control
How Neutering Is Done
Neutering is a surgical procedure in which an incision is made at the base of the scrotum to remove the testicles. The testicles can be removed while leaving the scrotum intact. The procedure is performed under anesthesia to ensure the dog’s comfort and safety.
Recovery Guidelines After Neutering
After neutering, dogs typically experience a swift recovery within a week. At Angelus Pet Hospital, our dog neuter procedure is designed to be minimally invasive, often allowing you to bring your puppy home on the same day as the surgery. During the initial recovery week, your puppy will wear a protective cone to prevent them from interfering with the surgical site.
Throughout this period, your puppy can maintain their regular diet and activities, but strenuous play, running, and jumping should be avoided. Interaction with other dogs, especially rough play, should be limited. After the first week, your puppy should be able to resume normal activities, and you can rest assured that they are on their way to a healthy and uneventful recovery.
Spaying For Female Dogs
Spaying is a surgical procedure performed on female dogs to remove the ovaries and, in most cases, the uterus. This eliminates their ability to reproduce and reduces the risk of various health issues, including uterine infections and certain types of cancers. The procedure is carried out under general anesthesia, ensuring the comfort of the dog during the surgery.
Benefits Of Female Puppy Spaying:
- Eliminates the risk of unwanted pregnancies
- Reduces the likelihood of mammary gland tumors
- Prevents uterine infections (pyometra)
- Decreases the risk of ovarian and uterine cancers
- Eliminates heat cycles and associated behaviors
- Helps manage behavioral issues related to mating instincts
- Promotes a calmer and more stable temperament
How Spaying Is Done
During the spaying procedure, an incision is made in the abdomen, allowing access to the reproductive organs. The ovaries, fallopian tubes, and uterus are then carefully removed. This prevents the release of eggs and eliminates the potential for pregnancy.
Recovery Guidelines After Spaying
Following a spaying procedure, puppies generally experience a swift healing process, often accompanied by medication to manage discomfort. It’s crucial to keep the abdominal incision site clean and shielded from licking or chewing by your puppy.
During recovery, please separate your spayed puppy from other dogs to prevent excessive activity. Additionally, a specialized diet might be recommended for the first few days after surgery to cater to their delicate stomachs. Our veterinarian will provide comprehensive instructions to ensure a fast and successful recovery for your puppy.
Spaying & Neutering FAQs
What is the best age for spaying and neutering?
The optimal age for spaying and neutering your puppy is around six months. This timing is particularly crucial for female dogs, as it’s best to spay them before their first heat cycle. Neutering at this age can help prevent the development of aggressive or dominant behavior, contributing to easier training and a well-balanced pet.
What are the risks of dog sterilization?
The risks associated with dog sterilization are minimal and infrequent, given the routine nature of these procedures. While there’s a slight chance of anesthesia-related reactions, modern techniques mitigate these risks. Early spaying or neutering in puppies usually promotes swift healing. It’s important to note that older dogs might face more challenges in recovery.
Contact Us For Dog Spay & Neuter Services
Controlling the pet population is a responsibility of pet parents and the community. In areas where pets are allowed to roam and breed unchecked, the population skyrockets, leading to a high volume of euthanizations and a poor quality of life for animals. Angelus Pet Hospital is led by a dedicated team that offers secure and efficient dog spay and neuter services to ensure a healthier and more manageable pet community. Contact us to book spay or neuter services for your furry friends today.