How Much Does Dog Spaying or Dog Neutering Cost?

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The cost to neuter a dog can vary based on the age of your dog, size, breed, if he or she is healthy or ill, your vet hospital, and where you live in the country. We will review dog-neutering costs, what is included with the dog neutering fee, and offer ideas on how to save money.

How Much Neutering and Spaying Can Cost On Average

The cost of neutering your pet generally includes a package of offerings. Before we get into that, let’s review the definitions of neutering and spaying. The term neutering refers to the removal of an animal’s reproductive organ. The term neuter is often used incorrectly when it is used to refer to male animals when the term neuter correctly refers to both males and females.

The correct term for removal of an animal’s reproductive organ for males is “Castration” and the correct term used for females is “Spay” or “Spaying”.

Most veterinary clinics know what you mean when you ask about the price to neuter your dog but depending on the clinic – don’t be surprised if they ask if your dog is male or female. The cost for a spay surgery is higher than the cost for castration. Spaying takes longer and involves opening the abdominal cavity.

It is important to know what is and what is not included in the spay or castration fee. When you get a quote, ask what is included so there are no hidden costs or surprises.

The neutering procedure generally includes the following (this will vary with the individual each hospital):

  • Examination
  • Sedation
  • General anesthesia
  • The surgery (Spay or Castration)
  • Post-op recovery monitoring
  • Pain medications
  • Antibiotics (if needed)
  • Nail Trim
  • E-collar
  • Post-op recheck such as suture removal
  • Optional additional cost: Laser therapy of the area post-surgery
  • Optional additional cost: Screening blood work

When getting an estimate for spay or castration procedures, be sure to ask what is and what is not included. There are a few optional items that will be an additional cost such as prep bloodwork or an electrocardiogram (EKG) as health screening tool. Some clinics or veterinary hospitals have packages that include all of the above in the neuter costs.

Other services and procedures that are an additional cost include hernia repair, removal of baby teeth, anal gland expression, vaccinations, parasite control medications, and/or lump removals. Nail trims are often included with routine spay and neuter surgery, however, some clinics may charge an additional fee. Learn more about the step-by-step details of What Happens When a Dog Gets Spayed and What Happens When You Neuter a Dog?

Cost ranges for a dog spay can vary from $65 to $500 and castration can range from $45 to $300 in most areas. The cost will also vary with the facility offering the procedure. Shelters, humane societies, and other low cost spay/neuter clinics are generally less expensive than veterinary hospitals. There can be a big difference in the cost just based on where you live in the clinic. A spay in New York City may be $500 while only $200 in the Midwest.

How The Size and Other Things Impacts The Surgery Cost

The size of your dog impacts the cost of surgery. Why? A bigger dog requires more drugs for sedation, more time to clip and clean the area, more time to do the surgery, more suture materials, more pain medications to go home, and well…more everything. Big dogs generally cost more.

Other factors that can impact the cost of spay and castration surgery for dogs is the breed, age, if your dog is sick, obese, or if your dog is in heat or pregnant. Some breeds such as bulldogs can require more time to do surgery. Young dogs are often less expensive to spay then older dogs. Younger dogs are often healthier, smaller, and therefore easier to spay. Obese dogs can require more surgical time. Dogs that are in heat or pregnant require more time to perform the surgery because the blood vessels that feed the reproductive organs are larger which lengthens the surgery time required. Lastly, if the spay or neuter procedure is done as a treatment for a sick dog, the cost is substantially higher because other treatments are required such as intravenous (IV) fluids, pain medications, and antibiotics. The hospitalization time is longer and the risk of complications are also higher with sick dogs. The recovery time is about the same for both small and large dogs. Most dogs will go home the same day of surgery or occasionally the day after.

How Pet Insurance Can Help You Manage The Costs

The amount of money pet owners in the United States spent on pets nearly doubled from 38.5 billion to 66.8 billion dollars over the past decade. Costs include one-time costs such as those associated with spaying and castration procedures, annual costs (such as food, treats, vaccinations, and parasite control), and unexpected costs (such as costs related to lacerations, bite wounds, or other medical problems).

  • Pet insurance can help you cover the costs of illness, unexpected trauma, as well as the cost for basic care ore “wellness” such as vaccinations, parasite control, and spaying and neutering your dog.
  • Pet insurance can be a very good way to help pet owners do the best they can while on a budget. After you pay your deductible, pet insurance will pay for a percentage of your vet bill that will depend on your policy. For example, if you have a policy with a 90% copay – this means the pet insurance company will pay for 90 percent of your bill. This can really help with unexpected costs. Some pet insurance companies offer basic care options to help you off-site the cost of spaying and neutering. Visit PetPartners and get a quote today to see if pet insurance is right for you.

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