When should I have my puppy spayed/neutered?

Puppy Health

 

When should I have my puppy spayed/neutered?

Most veterinarians recommend you have your female puppy spayed or male puppy neutered by six months of age. Having the procedure done sooner rather than later can benefit your new puppy in a number of ways.

Benefits of Spaying a Female Puppy

It’s particularly helpful to have the procedure done on a female puppy before her first heat cycle. Having your female puppy fixed can help prevent a lot of future health issues, including:

  • Unwanted pregnancy
  • Cancer of the reproductive system
  • Prevents an infected uterus
  • Reduces chance for breast cancer


Benefits of Neutering a Male Puppy
Neutering a male puppy will help prevent certain health issues form coming up later in life, including testicular and prostate cancer. Still, there are quite a few more behavioral issues that can be fixed by having your male puppy fixed, including:

  • The male Puppy will no longer be agitated by females
  • Dogs will roam less


Spaying and Neutering with Optimum Wellness Plans

The Early Care Plus Optimum Wellness Plan for puppies is a great option for new puppy owners, as it includes a spay or neuter surgery in addition to other preventive care necessities like vaccinations, physical exams and more.

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If you have additional questions regarding spay or neuter surgery for your puppy, you can always contact your local Banfield Vet Hospital to discuss your options.

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