Why sterilising your dog is the best thing you could do and how much it costs in SA (hint - pet insurance covers it!)
From decreasing your pet’s risks of health issues to eliminating issues of unwanted pregnancies - here’s why spaying is so important
What is pet insurance?
Before we get into the benefits of sterilising your dog, let’s first chat about pet insurance. Pet insurance is basically like medical cover for your little furry besties. With Oneplan pet insurance, we cover you for hospital cover and routine care. We also pay you BEFORE you see the vet (and let you go to ANY vet of your choice). And the best part is, we cover sterilisation.
Being the proud parent of a pooch is no joke - it comes with a lot of responsibility and a lot of vet bills (some of which are often unexpected). So save yourself the stress and debt and get pet insurance. It’s really that simple and our basic plan starts at R142 a month. Our cover is so great you could cuddle it. Seriously.
Why sterilising is great for your precious pooch
If you are the beaming new paw parent of a little female puppy, then you'll be happy to know that spaying your little one can reduce her chances of breast cancer, ovarian and uterine cancer developing!
Spaying also decreases her risk of getting a uterine infection and avoids all the risks associated with unplanned pregnancy.
And of course, if you have a male puppy, neutering prevents testicular cancer and decreases his risk of prostate issues, the development of tumours and even hernias.
Why sterilising is great for you (yes, you!)
The most obvious benefit to you and that when you sterilise your dog you will never have to worry about unwanted litters of puppies. Puppies can be very expensive (even if they are very cute) and a HUGE responsibility to take on.
Males that are neutered are less aggressive and less distracted by female dogs in heat. They are also less prone to ‘marking their territory’ by urinating on everything.
When you spay your female puppy this also stops stray males from trying to get to her and get into your garden!
If you have a purebred puppy then you might be thinking “I could earn some great cash from selling the puppies”, but bear in mind that a lot of that money will have to go to vaccination fees, vet visits and check up, food, beds and blankets and some other often unexpected expenses. There are enough dog breeders out there and far too many dogs in shelters - make the right decision and sterilise your dog.
Some questions you might have about sterilisation
I am worried about my puppy having an operation, is it safe?
Sterilisation is a routine procedure for vets and it is very safe, the benefits of this surgery far outweigh the risks. Chat with your vet about any concerns you have and he or she can help to set your mind at ease.
Will this operation make my puppy fat?
Your puppy is unlikely to get fat after this operation, chat to your vet about diet and the right kind of food to prevent obesity. There is a lack of evidence that links sterilisation to weight gain in dogs.
What happens during the sterilisation surgery?
Good question! Well, for males, the operation will involve removing both testicles and for female, removing the ovaries and womb or just the ovaries.
Your vet might ask that your dog doesn't eat or drink anything for 12 hours before the op and you can probably bring your puppy home the same day.
Feed your puppy a light meal when he gets home. Remember, your little furry loved one will need a few days to rest and get better. Do not let him or her jump around or bite on the stitches. Only light exercise is allowed. Your puppy might need to have the stitches removed after 10 days - speak to your vet about the specifics on this.
How much does it cost to sterilise my dog?
According to Ark Animal Centre, the prices from Jan 2019 are as follows:
Small dog (1 - 10kgs in weight) - Male = R900 and female = R1100
Medium dog (10 - 19kgs in weight) - Male = R1000 and female = R1250
Large dog (20 - 30kgs in weight) - Male = R1200 and female = R1500
XL dog (30 - 40kgs in weight) - Male = R1400 and female = R1700
XXL dog (40 - 60kgs in weight) - Male = R1600 and female = R2000
BUT! If you have pet insurance, we help cover the costs!
Yours in paws,