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Benefits of Neutering

The benefits of neutering your pet include avoidance of unwanted litters, decreased risks for certain kinds of cancers, prevention of serious health problems, and potentially improved behavioral concerns. Intact males are prone to benign prostatic hyperplasia and testicular cancer. Neuters are the most common veterinary procedures and are performed on a daily basis. Your veterinarian will be happy to discuss the benefits and risks to your pet.

When To Neuter

The best recommendation for when to neuter your pet is dependent on factors such as age, breed, species, and size when fully grown. Our veterinary team can help schedule your pet’s procedure for a time that works best for you and your pet.

Our Process

Once we’ve chosen a day for your pet’s procedure, our team will handle the rest. Depending on your location, your pet’s neutering surgery may be performed in our mobile clinic or at one of our partnering hospitals. As always, feel free to ask your BetterVet veterinarian any questions you may have about the procedure.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the best age to neuter a male dog?
This is a question best discussed with your veterinarian, but as a general rule for small dogs, it is medically appropriate to neuter them between 6-12 months of age. For larger breeds, we usually recommend waiting to neuter until 9-18 months of age.
Do male dogs change after being neutered?
Unlike female spaying surgery, neutering your male dog reduces his ability to produce testosterone. This can result in some positive behavior changes, such a decrease in dominant behaviors like marking, humping, and aggression toward other male dogs.
How long does it take for a dog to recover from being neutered?
Your dog should be feeling much better after the first week and should be back to feeling like himself again after 10 to 14 days. He’ll need rest and should not participate in any physical activity until the end of the 14 days. If your dog does not seem to be healing well, you should reach out to your veterinarian.
Can you walk your dog after neutering?
As every dog is different, this is a question that is best to discuss with your veterinarian. As a general rule, we usually recommend resuming gradual leash walks after the first 10 days of healing.
How do I comfort my dog after neutering?
Your dog should recover well after his neutering surgery and we will give you instructions on how to keep him comfortable while he is healing. Some ideas to help your dog with his recovery include giving him a quiet place (like a crate) to rest away from other animals, placing a cone on him to prevent licking and biting the incision, and keeping him calm with a low activity level.


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