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Neutering/Spaying: When Is the Right Time?

One of the most important decisions you’ll have to make as a pet owner is deciding whether or not to spay/neuter your pet. The truth is that our love for our pets can make reaching a conclusion one way or another difficult.

If you’re having a hard time reaching a final decision, it’s important to take the time and read up on the facts concerning spaying/neutering first. Please check out this earlier article if you want to know more about those procedures.

For the pet owners who decide that they want to move forward with the procedure, this article will provide guidance related to when your dog should undergo surgery. It will also offer some tips on caring for your pet post-surgery.

The Right Time for Neutering

According to The Humane Society, owned female dogs and owned small breed male dogs should be spayed/neutered before they’re five months old. Meanwhile, the American Kennel Club brings up that more evidence is suggesting that five months old is too young for either procedure.

If you’re wondering why there is conflicting information regarding this topic, it’s because the research is still ongoing. We don’t have all the information we need just yet.

The best course of action for you to take here is to go to your veterinarian and have your pet closely examined. Because your vet can take a closer look at your pet and possibly run tests, it will be easier for him/her to determine if the time is right for spaying/neutering. Lean on your veterinarian’s advice here as that will be best for your pet.

How to Care for Your Dog Post-Surgery

Once the surgery is over and your pet is back home, you need to be more careful around him/her for a while. The ASPCA suggests holding off on bathing for at least 10 days following the surgery.

You should also ask your vet how long your dog should refrain from activities like running and jumping. It’s also a good idea to keep track of the surgical wounds left behind to see how they’re healing.

Spaying/neutering your pet dog is a big decision to make on your own. Make things easier for yourself by consulting with your veterinarian. Together, the two of you can figure out what will be best for your dog.

Leaving your dog home alone post-surgery is not ideal. We at TAILored Pet Services can help you out by watching over your pet as you tend to other obligations. Find out how we can assist you by calling/texting 425-923-7791 or by contacting through our website.



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