Benefits of Spaying or Neutering Your Dog

1. Behavioral Differences

The most obvious behavioral difference between a dog that has been neutered or spayed is the need to “roam.”

2. Prevents “Seasons” or “Heat” in Female Dogs

When a female is in heat she will experience changes. She will urinate more often, there will be bleeding from the vulva, the vulva will be red and swollen, and she will tend to lick her back end more often.

3. Prevents the Risk of Certain Cancers

Ovario-hysterectomy prevents the risk of ovarian and uterine cancer, and it also greatly reduces the occurrence of breast cancer if done before the 2nd heat cycle.

4. Reduces the Risk of Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia

Neutering your male dog reduces the chance of some prostate problems later in life, such as benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH).

5. Prevents Womb Infections (Pyometra)

If your female dog hasn’t been spayed and is over the age of 6, she is at particular risk of developing an infection inside the womb (pyometra).

6. Prevents Phantom Pregnancies

Even if you are careful not to let a male near your dog when she’s in heat, she can still suffer from a phantom pregnancy.

7. Reduced Risk of Some Infections

There are sexually transmitted illnesses that can occur in canines as with most other mammal species.

8. Prevents Pregnancy

Unwanted pregnancies can be tricky and expensive, especially if you’re not sure what you’re doing.