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Everything You Need to Know About Neutering Your Dog

You’ve decided to go ahead with neutering your dog. But now what?

Don’t worry, you’re in the right place! In this blog post, I’ll tell you everything you need to know about neutering your dog.

We’ll talk about the “when”, the costs, the recovery time, and how you can prepare for your dog’s recovery. So keep on reading!

If you’re still not sure if you’ve made the right call, check out my blog post where I talk about 5 good reasons to do it.

When Should You Neuter Your Dog?

As a general rule, you’ll want to have your dog neutered when he’s around 6 months old.

Female dogs should be spayed before the first heat. But make sure it’s not too soon.

If your dog is spayed too soon, this may not allow him to fully develop and grow. This is because they need those hormones that will stop being produced once they’re neutered. Depending on your dog’s breed – if it’s bigger or smaller – the time they take to develop is different.

Small breeds are usually fully developed and can be neutered at 5 or 6 months old, before the first heat. Meanwhile, big breeds only stop their growth between 9 and 15 months of age. So, the decision about when is the best time to neuter varies from dog to dog. You should always check this with your vet first.

And, just as important, don’t neuter your dog too late. Neutering your dog too late can reduce the health and behavioral advantages of doing so. But, as it’s usually said, it’s better late than never. Don’t give up on neutering your dog even if he’s already a full-grown adult.

How Much Does It Cost? 

Unfortunately, I’m not able to give you a price. The cost of neutering your dog varies from country to country and even within a country.  It depends on the clinic’s prices and the procedure used.

You can always ask a trusted vet for guidance. 

Just don’t be cheap about it! Would you be willing to have surgery done on you in a sketchy place only because it charges a third of the price? Probably not.

With this said, some communities or dog shelters offer a low-cost – or even for free – neutering program.  Especially if you adopted a rescue. They do this because they have a strong mission to reduce the number of abandoned pets.

Anyway, no matter what price you pay, neutering your dog is a lot cheaper than not doing so. By not neutering your dog, you risk taking care of a litter or any medical treatment that could be prevented by neutering.

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How Long Is the Recovery Time?

Generally, female dogs have a harder time recovering from the neutering process. Neutering a female is a more invasive surgery than neutering a male. 

The recovery in females also depends on the procedure used. The recovery time is shorter if was a laparoscopy – where the vet operates through small holes in the skin.

It’s normal that females spend the first night under medical supervision. Most male dogs go home as soon as they wake up from the anesthesia and if there were no complications.

After 2 days your dog should be right back to his normal behavior. But make sure he avoids rough play and dog parks for the next 7 to 10 days so that the stitches heal nicely.

It’s likely that the vet will want to schedule an appointment for the following week. He’ll want to check that everything healed properly and remove the stitches.

How Can You Prepare for It?

The First Day After Taking Your Dog Home

Make sure your dog is in the most comfortable place and position as possible and let him get up by himself. Don’t force him to get up, walk, eat, or drink. Just let him be.

It’s also not unheard of dogs peeing and pooing while they’re lying down and still snaping out of the anesthesia. To make it easier to clean, I opened up a couple of trash bags and laid them on the floor where my dog was. That way if that happened, I just had to put my dog’s bed in the washer and pick up the trash bag – the rug would be safe.

Your dog may also need to use a protective collar to stop him from licking the stitches. In my case, the vet said that putting a t-shirt on her would be enough – it was enough and hilarious.

As soon as your dog gets home, have water and food available in small quantities and close to where he’s resting.  That way, he can easily access it when he wakes up. 

You can also offer a bit of water as soon as you get home. But don’t allow your dog to drink too much water as this can make your dog throw up.

Don’t worry if your dog show signs of nausea and is turned away from food for the first day or two. You don’t need to force him to eat or anything. He’ll get there on his own.

Until He Fully Recovers

It’s possible that the vet prescribes some pain medication. If that is your case, make sure you know how to give them to your dog. You can even ask your vet to teach you how to do it. If you don’t know how to properly give your dog medication it can become a traumatizing experience for both of you. Besides, you could get hurt or hurt your dog in the process.

As mentioned before, make sure to avoid rough play and dog parks for at least a week. That way the stitches will heal.

Make sure you check with your vet if there’s a discharge from the incision or if your dog seems to be in excessive pain.

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Conclusion

Getting your dog neutered and taking care of him after it, is an unavoidable part of being a responsible dog owner. 

Make sure you talk to your vet to get all your questions answered. He’ll give you the best advice on how to go about it with your dog as each dog is different.

Your vet should be able to walk you through everything. From the cost of the surgery to what will you need to watch out as your dog is recovering. Especially, in which situation should you contact him immediately.

Let me know in the comments below if this post was helpful. 🙂

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