Chances are you’ve heard of the words spay and neuter if you’ve ever owned a pet or know someone who has. Spaying, also known as an ovariohysterectomy, is the surgical removal of components of a female dog’s reproductive system. Castration, or removing a male dog’s testicles, is known as neutering. These surgical treatments, which prevent dogs from reproducing, are carried out by veterinarians.

You may help manage the pet homelessness epidemic by spaying or neutering your pet, which culminates in millions of healthy pets being killed in the United States every year merely because there are not enough houses for them. Spaying for female dogs and neutering for male dogs provides medicinal and behavioral benefits.

Do I have to Spay my Dog?

There are currently no states that have mandatory spay and neuter legislation in place. Spaying and neutering, on the other hand, will ensure that no unwanted puppies are born and will make training your puppy easier.

Many dog owners have come to us with misunderstandings regarding the consequences of spay and neuter treatments on pets throughout the years. While most of these myths are unfounded, there are a few that are widely held.

Neutering a Dog?

When a male dog is neutered, the amount of testosterone in his body is reduced, which helps him lose weight. With portion management and a regular exercise routine, however, it is extremely feasible to maintain neutered and spayed dogs in excellent shape. Overfeeding and lack of activity, rather than spaying or neutering, will cause your dog to gain weight. The owner has a lot of power over keeping their dog in shape.

When Should you Spay and Neuter your Dog?

The common consensus is that a dog should be neutered between the ages of 4-6 months. We advise you to wait a minimum of six months.

Clinical data has recently shown that neutering male dogs of some big breeds should be delayed until the dog is 10-12 months old. There is some data that this can lessen the chance of some forms of cancer in certain big breeds, but there are a lot of other elements to consider, including aggression, potty training, and breeding. While the amended rules have given us reason to prolong the age at which some large breeds of dogs can be neutered, the suggestion to neuter the dog eventually remains.

Spaying A Dog

Spaying a dog is usually done between the ages of 4-6 months. Spaying an adult dog is also appropriate, albeit there is a little increased risk of surgical difficulties in older dogs, as well as dogs who are obese or have other health issues. In most circumstances, spaying a dog when she is a puppy is recommended.  You may help prevent your pet from some illnesses, manage undesired habits, and save money by spaying or neutering them. To discuss and/or arrange your pet’s appointment, contact your veterinarian or a local low-cost spay/neuter facility, and urge your family and friends to do the same. Texas Wellness has a team of experienced vets who offer spaying and neutering services for pets.