Neutering and spaying dogs: what to expect and pet-care tips


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Neutering and Spaying Dogs

Spaying or neutering your dog is one of the most responsible things you can do as a pet owner. But let’s first make sure that you have all of the information before you book that surgery! Here is your comprehensive guide to neutering and spaying.

If your pup is headed in for either neutering or spaying, you are absolutely doing the right thing by getting informed and prepared. Once your pet has completed its surgery, your vet will most likely give you instructions about post-operative care. However, as a dedicated, and responsible pet parent you recognise the importance of knowing everything about these procedures – from the very beginning all the way to the end.

So, to help you make sense of these surgeries, what will be happening to your dog and how you can help, we have created this unique guide. Bookmark it, share it and use it whenever you need a refresher on neutering and spaying.

What is neutering?

When a dog is being neutered, both its testicles and the organs associated with it are removed. This procedure is also often referred to as castration. This ensures that your dog is unable to reproduce or get another female dog pregnant.

What is spaying?

Spaying is a procedure done on female dogs. This is where her ovaries and uterus are removed. This means that she will not be able to fall pregnant and eliminate her heat cycle. The more ‘academic’ name for spaying is called ovariohysterectomy where her reproductive organs are removed.

Why do we neuter or spay our doggos?

Okay, so you are probably wondering why pet parents across the globe want to remove the reproductive organs of their pets. Well, the first reason is pretty self-explanatory. There are a number of unwanted dogs and puppies filling up local pet shelters. By spaying or neutering your pet you are reducing the number of unwanted litters, which helps reduce the number of stray animals found in rescues or shelters.

Another reason why pet owners are neutering and paying their dogs is because of the associated health benefits. Yes, you read that correctly. These procedures can help your furry friend live a longer, healthier life whilst also reducing problematic behavioural issues.

Are these surgeries safe?

It is totally natural (and kind of expected) that you worry about the safety of your dog when they undergo these surgeries. That being said you can breathe a sigh of relief because neutering and paying are highly common medical procedures that your vet is highly familiar with.

Before your dog is put under general anaesthesia for the surgery, your vet will give them a thorough physical exam to ensure their general good health before surgery is performed.

When should they get neutered or spayed?

Traditionally, it has been said that you should get your dog neutered or spayed when they fall between 4 and 6 months old. Other sources claim that it is best to spay your female dog when she is in her first heat cycle. This will reduce the likelihood of her developing dog mammary cancer.

For your male dogs, it is traditionally said that when your dog hit about 6 months old, they are ready to be neutered.

Keep in mind that the best person to answer this question is your family veterinarian. Not only will they have all of your pet’s medical records but be able to best help you! Their advice is invaluable and unique to your pet – so definitely ask for their advice in this case!

Post-op care

Once your dog has completed their surgery, your vet will hand over the reins to you. It is essential that you bring a notepad and pen when fetching your doggo from their surgery as your vet will be giving you the lowdown on pet-op care.

Keep in mind that generally, their recovery time will take anywhere between 10 and 15 days. During this time your dog will most likely feel groggy, a little quieter and more tired too. That is totally normal. Make sure to monitor their behaviour and if anything doesn’t seem right check in with your vet.

Take it slow with your dog, encourage rest, minimise their exercise and keep them in an enclosed area, to not infect their healing incision.

You will also need to keep an eye out for the healing of your dog’s incision. Your vet could have either used stitches, staples or skin glue. All of these methods are effective and safe, however, to make sure for any irritation to these areas. Again, if anything looks suspicious, call your vet!

Finals words on neutering and spaying

Until your dog has been given the green light by your local vet, make sure that you follow all of these tips shared throughout this blog as well as the advice given by your vet. This will ensure that your pet heals well and that they get back to their happier, more energetic selves.


Yours in loving pet insurance,


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