Laird Eglinton Pet Hospital

211 Laird Dr.
Toronto, ON M4G 4G9


Spaying or Neutering your Puppy

We all know that neutering your pet will prevent unwanted litters. What you may not know is that neutering your pet may save them from undesirable traits and cancer.
The broad term “neutering” refers to surgically sterilizing an animal. Sterilization of a female dog is more commonly referred to as “spayed”.
Although we use only the safest anaesthetics, a blood test can reduce the risk of undergoing anaesthetic procedures. The spay procedure involves major abdominal surgery removing the ovaries and uterus from your pet. After surgery some animals tend to be a bit sluggish for a few days but complete recovery is usually seen within a short period of time. Post surgical pain is assessed on an individual basis and pain killers administered when we feel the animal is in any discomfort. Female dogs are best spayed at 5-6 months of age and it is a myth that females should experience one heat cycle or have one litter before the procedure.
Besides preventing unwanted pregnancy, spaying your female will save her from cancers - especially mammary tumors. In fact, the risk of future mammary cancer is virtually eliminated if spayed prior to first heat. Female dogs can also suffer from an often fatal condition called pyometra - an infected uterus. Usually a dog will show signs of pyometra within one or two months of a heat cycle. These signs include increased water consumption, vomiting, listlessness, loss of appetite, and/or obvious pain. You may also observe a discharge of pus from her vulva. Pyometra is a serious life-threatening condition which requires immediate veterinary attention. The only course of treatment is to spay the female - which proves to be a tricky and involved procedure.

Neutering your Puppy

Male dogs are castrated, or more commonly referred to as neutered. This procedure involves a general anaesthetic and the surgical excision of the testicles. Recovery from a neuter tends to be quite rapid, often being back to their old selves as early as the next day. Male dogs are best neutered at the age of six months.
Certainly, the most common reason for neutering your pet is to prevent overpopulation. Perhaps you never thought beyond that. Neutering is also an extremely valuable tool to keep your pet healthy and happy. Intact males may develop undesirable behaviour due to high hormone levels. Excessive urinating or marking of urine is a very common and messy problem. Intact males often show aggression especially towards other male dogs.
In addition to behaviour problems, many physical ailments may plague an intact male. Painful prostate problems can occur as well as an increased risk of cancerous tumours can develop.
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All animals to be neutered or spayed are admitted into the hospital the morning of surgery for a complete pre-surgical physical examination. The surgery is then performed that day and the animals are able to be discharged when they are ready which is up to the discretion of the attending veterinarian.
By spaying or neutering your pet, you will have a happier, healthier animal. This in turn will make your life with that special pet even more enjoyable!