February 4, 2010

When is it Too Late to get a Dog Fixed?

canine cancer Getting your dog fixed is one of the key responsibilities of dog owners. Not only does spaying or neutering your dog prevent unwanted puppies, fixing can also prevent certain illnesses, especially in female dogs. Female dogs are around seven times as likely to suffer from mammary tumors if they are not spayed and various cancers are also less likely in spayed females.

Fixing your dog involves removing its reproductive organs. This ultimately affects the level of certain hormones in dogs and as a result is not recommended in adult animals unless there is a valid medical concern. Moreover, because spaying and neutering are surgical procedures, your dog must be of sufficient age to easily recover from the procedure.

getting my dog fixedGenerally speaking, veterinarians will neuter a pet as early as six weeks. Removing the testicles from a male dog is less invasive than removing the ovaries and uterus of a female dog so spaying procedures are usually not performed before 8 weeks of age. While your vet will strictly adhere to the younger limits for fixing your dog, there is no upper age limit that prevents dogs from being spayed or neutered. Depending on the overall health of your dog and whether spaying or neutering will be beneficial in the long run, a vet may agree to fix even older dogs.

It is important to realize, that spaying or neutering your pet is not cruel. Many dog owners think it’s unfair to perform these surgical procedures but considering the long term health benefits, fixing your dog is usually the right thing to do. Dogs, unlike humans, do not have the ability to judge their behavior and when their hormones tell them to mate they’ll go to great lengths to do so. Every year, thousands of animals are put down because they do not have safe homes; so, we don’t want to add to the problem.

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