We recommend spaying female dogs and cats at six months of age. During this procedure, the uterus, ovaries, and fallopian tubes of the patient are removed.
- Prevents unwanted pregnancies
- Increases longevity
- Eliminates the risk of ovarian and uterine tumors
- Remove the possibility of uterine infections
What to expect after surgery
Spaying is a substantial procedure, requiring a 10- to 14-day recuperation period. Lethargy is typical in the days immediately following the spay, but a pet should never be uncomfortable. Keep a close eye on your pet to ensure it doesn’t lick or bite at the incision.
In recent years, breeders and even some veterinarians have recommended spaying at a later age. Unfortunately, these recommendations are misguided. Although several studies have shown that some large breed dogs have an increased risk of certain cancers when spayed/neutered (LSA, MCT, HSA, OSA), they did not tell the whole story.
Multiple studies have shown that when taking all kinds of death into account, spaying and neutering increases lifespan in females by 26% and males by 14%. This data is based on over 2,000,000 animals and clearly shows that desexing increases survival in dogs, especially females. These facts are valid even when considering breeds highly susceptible to cancer, like Golden Retrievers.