What to Expect After Neutering a Dog

Dog owners often have questions about dog neutering and what to expect after neutering a dog. First, let’s define the words Neuter and Spay. Neuter, from the Latin word neuter, means 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 males is “Castration” while the correct term used for females is “Spay” or “Spaying”.

For this purpose of this article, we will refer to neutering in regards to the male dog. For details about how to prepare for neutering and what happens the day of neutering – please read: What Happens When You Neuter a Dog? If you have a female dog, learn more about What Happens When a Dog Gets Spayed.

For those of that are still planning your dog neuter, this article may help you understand the cost and why the cost can vary. Go to: How Much Does Dog Spaying or Dog Neutering Cost?

The risks associated with castration in a healthy young dog is very low. While there are no published statistics, it is estimated that the risk of death is probably less than 1 in 500. The major risks are those of general anesthesia, bleeding, post-operative infection, and wound breakdown over the incision. Overall the complication rate is very low, but serious complications can result in death or the need for additional surgery.

How Your Dog Will Start Recovery After Being Neutered

Most dogs are released the same day or occasionally the day following surgery. After being neutered, your dog may feel tired or groggy. He may want to sleep more for the first day or two. Occasionally, some dogs may feel nauseated and not eat his full meal or on rare occasions even vomit. Generally, young dogs begin to act normally within 24 to 48 hours.

Additional recommendations for care post neuter surgery include:

  • Post-operative medication should be given to relieve pain, which is judged in most cases to be mild to moderate.
  • Keep your dog quiet for approximately two weeks after he returns home from the hospital to allow him to heal. Some dogs may be prescribed sedative medications to help keep him calm.
  • Two commonly prescribed medications include Acepromazine and Trazodone.
  • Do not allow him to be excessively active and prevent him from “rough-housing.”
  • Skin sutures, if present, will be removed in 10 to 14 days. Most often the sutures are absorbable. Many veterinarians may want to check the incision one-week post-surgery to ensure he is healing normally.
  • If the castration was performed for reasons other than to prevent reproduction, further treatment and/or monitoring may be necessary.
  • You should inspect the incision line daily for signs of redness, discharge, swelling, or pain.
  • Do not allow your dog to lick or chew at the incision. If your pet licks the incision line, prevent your pet from licking by placing an e-collar.

Other Changes: What to Expect After Neutering a Dog

You may notice that your dog is calmer and more relaxed. Neutered dogs no longer have the intense drive to mate, roam, and seek out females. This change is not immediate as it may take weeks after castration for the hormones to gradually dissipate from their system. Other changes you may expect after neutering is that dogs will roam less, stay closer to home, do less urine marking, fight less, be less hyper, and become more affectionate and gentle. Some pets may gain weight after neutering and as they get older. Cutting back on food intake or increasing your pet’s activity will help reduce weight gain.

What You Should Plan On, How To Notice If Something Is Wrong

The best way to determine if something is wrong is to monitor your dog’s incision. If you notice any redness, swelling or discharge from the incision, you should call your veterinarian immediately.

If our dog is lethargic, won’t eat, has vomited more than once, diarrhea, or you have any other concerns, please call your veterinarian.

How Your Pet Insurance Can Help

Clients often ask for suggestions to help with dog neuter costs. There are low-cost neuter clinics available in most areas. Learn more about the pros and cons with this article: Low-Cost Spay/Neuter Clinics vs. Your Local Vet.

If you haven’t scheduled the procedure yet, there are pet insurance policies that will help pay for “wellness” costs which include the neuter procedure. If your dog already had the neuter procedure, pet insurance can help you pay for other wellness costs such as vaccinations, deworming, dental cleanings, and parasite prevention. In addition to wellness care coverage, the main benefit to pet insurance is how they can help pay for up to 90% of unexpected of your veterinary bills. Learn more from Pets Best here.

What Happens When a Dog Gets Spayed?

Spaying is a procedure performed on female dogs (and cats) that remove their reproductive organs to prevent them from having puppies or kittens. In this article, we will review what happens when a dog gets spayed, how to prepare your dog for the surgery, and how to care for your dog after surgery. If you have a male dog, you may be interested in these articles — What Happens When You Neuter a Dog? and What to Expect After Neutering a Dog.

Spaying is most commonly recommended around 6 months of age, however, can be done as early as 6 to 8 weeks as well as later in life. The best time to spay a dog is when they are young and healthy. The worst time to spay a dog is when they are old, sick and have secondary complications from not being spayed such as a uterine infection called pyometra or breast cancer.

Why Dog Spaying is Important

Having your dog spayed can have many health, financial, and behavioral benefits. The benefits to spaying your dog include:

  • Prevents your dog from going into heat
  • Prevents your dog from getting pregnant
  • May make your dog more gentle and affectionate
  • May help prevent your dog from getting breast cancer later in life
  • Prevents your dog from getting an infection in the uterus later in life
  • Prevents cancer of the uterus or ovaries
  • The cost of spaying is far less expensive than the cost of raising a litter of puppies
  • Spaying your dog when she is young and healthy is less risky and much less expensive than spaying after your dog is ill or has a problem

What Happens When a Dog Gets Spayed

The spaying procedure, medically known as an ovariohysterectomy, is the surgical procedure in which both ovaries and most of the uterus is removed from your dog’s body.
Below we will provide details of what happens before surgery, the day of surgery and some information about post-op spay care.

What to Expect the Day Before The Surgery

Before surgery, your vet will provide you with recommendations on what you should do the day before the spay surgery. For most dogs, they will recommend that you not feed your dog food after 6 pm or give water after midnight the night before surgery. This means no food and no treats. The times may vary slightly based on your veterinarian’s preference and also other factors such as concurrent medical problems or the size and breed of your dog. For example, some small and toy breed dogs may be offered food later in the evening to prevent a low blood sugar (hypoglycemia).

If your dog is taking medication, ask your vet if they want you to give the medication the morning of surgery. Make sure that you follow those instructions exactly. If your dog is a diabetic, please discuss the insulin dose you should give with the staff prior to the morning of surgery. Plan to bring any medication that your dog is taking with you in case they decide to give it to them or your dog needs to stay in the hospital.

Your vet will ask you to bring your dog to the hospital in the morning at a specific time. Many clinics will ask that you drop off your dog between 7 am and 9 am but this varies with the hospital’s surgery schedule.

What to Expect the Day of Surgery

You will need to load up your dog and take her to the hospital. Make sure the collar fits properly and she cannot slip out of it. Bring them on a regular leash and not a retractable leash. Small dogs can be taken in a pet carrier.

Below is what happens at many veterinary hospitals but the exact protocol may vary depending on your veterinarian and the individual veterinary hospital.

  • When you arrive at the veterinary hospital, they will likely ask you to sign a surgery consent form that confirms the surgery to be performed as well as routine questions about if you want optional baseline bloodwork or an electrocardiogram (EKG), any needed vaccinations, CPR status, if you would you’re your dog microchipped (if not already done), and any other procedures such as removal of baby teeth, dewclaw removal, or repair of an abnormal hernia. Older dogs may also have mass removals after the spay procedure. This consent form may also include a cost estimate.
  • It is also important that you provide the veterinary hospital with an accurate phone number where you can be reached during the day.
  • Once your dog arrives, she will be taken back to the hospital’s treatment room where she will be evaluated by the technicians for any problems. Often at this time they will draw blood if approved by you to ensure your dog’s organs are healthy. If they identify any problems or concerns, the doctor will call you before proceeding.
  • The doctor will examine your dog and give injectable sedation. While your dog is relaxed, they will often shave the leg to place of an intravenous (IV) catheter and give additional drugs that allow total relaxation.
  • Your dog will then be moved into the surgery room. Most dogs are intubated (a tube placed into the trachea) to deliver safe inhalation anesthesia. Veterinary hospitals have anesthesia protocols that consist of very safe drugs and monitoring equipment that constantly monitors your dog’s heart rate, respirations, blood pressure, EKG, and temperature. The monitoring equipment is attached to your dog.
  • Your dog will then be positioned on her back and feet secured to the edges of the table. The technician will generally proceed to shave the hair on your dog’s belly. Disinfectant is then used to gently and thoroughly clean the skin.
  • Your veterinarian will put on a sterile hat, gloves, and a gown and organize their surgical instruments for surgery. An incision is made near the belly button and will vary in length depending on the size of your dog. The uterus and ovaries are identified and surgically removed. The body wall, tissues between the body wall and skin, and finally the skin is sutured closed. The actual surgery takes anywhere from 30 to 45 minutes depending on your dog’s age, breed, and size.
  • Your dog will continue to be monitored as they wake up from their anesthesia. This can take anywhere from an hour to several hours. At first, they are groggy then gradually become more aware and alert as the drugs wear off.
  • When you pick your dog up from the vet, the veterinary team will provide you with detailed post-op instructions. Your pet may be sent home with pain medication and/or antibiotics. Those instructions will most likely include:
    • Keep your dog in her e-collar at all times until your vet gives you the clearance to remove it. This will most likely be approximately 10 to 14 days post-op.
    • Keep an eye on your dog’s stitches to monitor its recovery. If the area becomes inflamed, swollen, or has discharge, please call your veterinarian immediately. Some dogs have sutures and other dogs have sutures under the skin that are absorbable. This will vary with the veterinarian.
    • Keep your dog calm for two weeks after surgery. If there are other dogs in your house, you may need to keep your dogs separated post-op.
    • You may need to get creative with your feeding routine. With the e-collar on, some dogs won’t be able to eat out of their food dish. Most have found success by elevating their dog’s dish so that the e-collar doesn’t hit the floor while they’re eating.
    • You’ll need to keep up with your dog’s pain management routine carefully post-op. Attach a magnetic whiteboard to your fridge so that you can write down when you last gave your dog meds and when it will need them again.

What to Expect After Dog Spay Surgery

Some dogs will be sleepy immediately after surgery and some will be slightly nauseated. Begin feeding your dog slowly, small amounts at a time. Immediately after surgery, offer small amounts of water. If there is no vomiting, you can offer small amounts of food. Don’t offer a huge meal as some dogs may vomit. Give a little bit of food at a time and you can always offer later.
What is most critical is to keep your dog quiet and ensure she doesn’t lick at her incision. If there is any indication she will lick at her incision, it is critical that you use an E-Collar.
Check the incision twice daily looking for swelling, redness or discharge. Call your vet immediately if you notice any problems. Assuming everything goes well, see your vet for any recommended follow-up appointments and suture removal.

What Happens When You Neuter a Dog?

Dog owners commonly have questions about what happens when you neuter a dog. Below we will review exactly what happens before, during and after neuter surgery. First, let’s review the terminology used for dog neutering because the term “neuter” is commonly used incorrectly.

Neuter, from the Latin word neuter, means the removal of an animal’s reproductive organ. The term neuter is often used improperly when it is used to refer to male animals when the term neuter correctly refers to both males and females. The correct term for males is “Castration” while the correct term used for females is “Spay” or “Spaying”.
For the purpose of this article, we will use the term neutering as a term to mean castration of a male dog.

Why Dog Neutering Is Important

Each year, there are millions of dogs turned over to animal shelters. Last year it was estimated that the number was almost 20 million. If you look at the fact that only one out of every 10 dogs taken in to shelters find homes, that means 18 million dogs and cats were destroyed. This brings a tear to my eye just typing these words.

Neutering can prevent this. Neutering is a simple procedure that can prevent unwanted animals.
The benefits of neutering include:

  • Removes the risk of pregnancy.
  • Dogs are often calmer, less roaming, fewer aggression issues.
  • Eliminates or minimizes health issues such as prostate problems, breast cancer in females, uterine cancer, and uterine infections.
  • Castration is especially important in dogs that testicles fail to descend into the scrotum. There is a high rate of cancer in these dogs and neutering can minimize the chance of future problems.

When Are Most Dogs Neutered?

Neutering is done most commonly at or around six months of age. However, many veterinarians perform this procedure as early as 8 to 10 weeks. Early neutering can be done safely and has a number of advantages, especially in cases of pet adoption.

There are some studies that suggest there are health benefits to neutering later in life. Learn more in this article: To Neuter or Not to Neuter.
In general, most veterinarians recommend neutering around 6 months of age.

What Happens When You Neuter a Dog

The male neutering procedure, medically known as a castration or orchiectomy, is a surgical procedure in which both testicles are removed from the dog’s body.

What to Expect the Day Before The Surgery

Your veterinarian will provide you with recommendations on what you can do the day before the surgery. For most dogs, they will recommend that you not feed your dog food after 6 pm or give water after midnight the night before surgery. This means no food and no treats. This may vary slightly as some toy breed dogs may be offered food later to prevent low blood sugar problems (hypoglycemia).

If your dog is taking medication, ask your vet if they want you to give the medication the morning of surgery. Make sure that you follow those instructions exactly. If your dog is a diabetic, please discuss the insulin dose you should give with the staff prior to the morning of the neuter. Plan to bring any medications your dog is taking with you in case they decide to give it or your dog needs to stay.

Your vet will ask you to bring your dog to the hospital in the morning at a specific time. Many clinics will ask that you drop off your dog between 7 am and 9 am but this varies with the hospital’s surgery schedule.

What to Expect the Day of Surgery

You will need to load up your dog and take him to the hospital. Make sure the collar fits properly and your dog cannot slip out of it and plan to use a regular leash (preferred over retractable leads). Small dogs can be taken in a pet carrier as well.

Below is what happens at many veterinary hospitals but the exact procedure may vary depending on your veterinary and the individual vet hospital.

  • When you arrive at the veterinary hospital, they will likely ask you to sign a surgery consent form that confirms the exact surgery to be performed. It will also include routine questions about if you want baseline bloodwork, any needed vaccinations if you would like your dog microchipped (if not already done), and any other procedures such as removal of baby teeth, dewclaw removal, or repair of an abnormal hernia. Older dogs may also have mass removals after a neuter procedure. This consent form commonly includes a CPR form. CPR, or cardiopulmonary resuscitation, is a routine question asked for any pet undergoing anesthesia. Don’t be alarmed. We are asked the same questions when we go to the ER or are admitted to the hospital. The veterinary team will do everything possible to provide the safest experience for your dog but are obligated to ask this question to honor your beliefs and wishes in regards to CPR. This consent form may also include a cost estimate.
  • It is important that the veterinary hospital have an accurate phone number where you can be reached during the day.
  • Once your dog is at the veterinary hospital, he will be taken back to the hospital’s treatment room where he will be evaluated by the technicians for any problems. Often at this time they will draw blood if approved by you to ensure his organs are healthy. If they identify any problems or concerns, the doctor will call you before proceeding.
  • The doctor will examine your dog and give injectable sedation. While he is relaxed, they will often shave the leg to place an intravenous (IV) catheter and give additional drugs that allow total relaxation.
  • Your dog will then be moved into the surgery room. Most dogs are intubated (a tube placed into the trachea) to deliver safe inhalation anesthesia. Veterinary hospitals have anesthesia protocols that consist of very safe drugs and monitoring equipment that constantly monitors your dog’s heart rate, respiration, blood pressure, EKG, and temperature. The monitoring equipment is attached to your dog.
  • Your dog will then be placed on his back and feet secured to the edges of the table. The technician will generally proceed to shave the hair on your dog’s belly around the testicles.
  • Disinfectant is then used to gently and thoroughly clean the skin. A sterile drape is placed over the surgical site.
  • Your veterinarian will put on sterile hat, gloves, and gown and organize their surgical instruments for surgery. An incision is made just cranial to the testicles on the midline using a scalpel blade or laser. The length will depend on the size of your dog. The testicles are identified and surgically removed.
  • The incision is then closed with one or two layers of self-dissolving sutures (stitches). The outer layer of skin is closed with sutures or surgical staples. The actual surgery will only take about 20 to 45 minutes. The procedure can take longer in older or large-breed dogs.
  • Your dog continues to be monitored as they wake up from their anesthesia. This can take anywhere from an hour to several hours. At first, they are groggy then gradually become more aware and alert as the drugs wear off.
  • When you pick your dog up from the vet, the veterinary team will provide you with detailed post-op instructions. He may be sent home with pain medication and/or antibiotics. Those instructions will most likely include:
  • Keep your dog in its e-collar at all times until your vet gives you the clearance to remove it. This will most likely be approximately 10 to 14 days post-op.
  • Keep an eye on your dog’s stitches to monitor recovery. If the area becomes inflamed, swollen, or has discharge, talk to your vet. Some dogs have sutures and other dogs have sutures under the skin that are absorbable. This will vary with the veterinarian.
  • Keep your dog calm for two weeks after surgery. If there are other dogs in your house, you may need to keep your dogs separated post-op.
  • You may need to get creative with your feeding routine. With the e-collar on, some dogs won’t be able to eat out of their food dish. Most have found success by elevating their dog’s dish so that the e-collar doesn’t hit the floor while they’re eating.
  • Give your dog the prescribed medications. It can be helpful to attach a magnetic whiteboard or paper to your fridge so that you can write down when you last gave your dog meds and when it will need them again. This also helps all members of the household understand the medication schedule to minimize errors.

What to Expect After Dog Neuter Surgery

Some dogs will be sleepy immediately after surgery. Learn more about What to Expect After Neutering a Dog.

How to Deal with Dog Neuter Costs

Clients often ask for suggestions to help with dog Neuter costs. Learn more about How Much Does Dog Spaying or Dog Neutering Costs here. Some shelters have special pricing. Another option is to have pet insurance. Some pet insurance companies offer “basic care” or “wellness care” coverage that will cover routine care such as vaccinations, dental cleaning, parasite control, neutering, and much more. Pet insurance can help cover the cost of surgery and any associated complications. You can learn more about types of pet insurance at Pets Best.

Should You Worry About Your Dog Having Surgery?

Most healthy dogs do well during routine neuter surgery. By knowing what to expect and how to prepare yourself and your dog, the surgical procedure, hospital stay, and home recovery can go smoothly.

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How Much Does Dog Spaying or Dog Neutering Cost?

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. Learn more about Pets Best here.

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Dog Neutering and Spaying: What You Need to Know

Many dog owners have questions about dog neutering and spaying. First, let’s define the words Neuter and Spay. Neuter, from the Latin word neuter, means the removal of an animal’s reproductive organ. The term neuter is often used incorrectly when it is used to refer to only male animals when the term neuter correctly refers to both males and females.

The correct term for the removal of an animal’s reproductive organ in males is “Castration” while the correct term used for females is “Spay” or “Spaying”. Other terms used to refer to neutering is “de-sexing” and “fixing”.

Neutering is used to reduce the risk of unwanted puppies to control the animal population issues, reduce behavior issues with intact pets such as roaming, humping, heat cycles, reduce the incidence of aggressive behavioral issues, and eliminate the risk of diseases such as infections of the uterus, referred to by the medical term pyometra, breast cancer, and/or prostate problems.

The Male Dog Neutering: Castration

Male neutering, known by the more accurate term “Castration”, is used to describe the surgical procedure that involves removal of the testicles. Castration is also known by the medical term “orchiectomy”. This procedure is performed under general anesthesia and involves a surgical incision just cranial to the testicles. Learn more about What Happens When You Neuter a Dog?. Another good article that may be of interest is What to Expect After Neutering a Dog which considers what to expect from your dog’s behavior post neuter as well as post-operative care.

The Female Dog Neutering: Spay

Female neutering, known by the more accurate term “Spaying”, is used to describe the surgical procedure that involves removal of both the ovaries and uterus, which is called an ovariohysterectomy (commonly abbreviated as “OHE”). This procedure is performed under general anesthesia. It involves an incision along the midline of the abdomen near the umbilicus. Learn more about What Happens When a Dog Gets Spayed and about post-op care.

When Do You Neuter Dogs?

Neutering is most commonly recommended around six months of age. However, neutering is done in some situations as early as 6 to 8 weeks and can also be done at any age. Learn more about The Pros and Cons of Early Spays and Neuters In Dogs and Cats. Some studies may suggest that there are benefits of waiting to neuter. Learn more in this interesting article — To Neuter or Not to Neuter – What You Should Know.

However, the best time to neuter is when your dog is young and healthy as opposed to when your dog is older and has life-threatening uterine infections (Pyometra) or prostate problems.

How Pet Insurance Can Help Manage Cost of Dog Neutering

Dog neutering can be costly. It is more expensive to neuter a female dog than a male dog. The female neutering procedure takes longer and involves opening the abdominal cavity. The male dog neutering procedure does not involve opening the abdominal cavity and takes less time.

The cost for dog spays can range from $100 to $500 depending on the size and age of your dog. The cost for dog neuters can range from $45 to $350. Learn more about the costs of Spaying and Neutering with this article: How Much Does Dog Spaying or Dog Neutering Cost?

Many pet owners consider if they should have their pet neutered at their local veterinary hospital that may be more expensive vs. at a low-cost spay neuter clinic. Many shelters offer discounted spay and castration services. They will often also offer lost cost vaccinations and microchipping services that can be done at the time of the surgery. Here is another article that may be useful: Low-Cost Spay/Neuter Clinics vs. Your Local Vet.

Pet insurance plans are another method that can help you pay for medical costs associated with illnesses and injuries as well as wellness costs such as for vaccinations, dental cleaning, blood work, fecal checks, parasite control, and spaying and castration surgery.

For example, Pet’s Best offers a “routine care” option that you can add to your pet insurance plan. One thing that’s nice about this is that the benefits are available from many companies with no waiting period, meaning you can often use the benefits within a day or two of enrollment. The best wellness plan will provide $100 toward your dog spay or neuter. Learn more about Pet’s Best Routine Care Options to see if they will help you pay for your dog’s neutering procedure.

If you are planning your dog’s spay-neuter procedure and need help paying, it is possible to sign up for the routine care options and start using the benefits soon.

Additional Articles that May Be of Interest About Dog Neutering

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What Happens When a Dog Gets Spayed 
What to Expect After Neutering a Dog 
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Is There Pet Insurance That Covers Pre-Existing Conditions?
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Preparing Your Dog For Surgery: What You Should Know
Pros and Cons of Spaying and Neutering in Dogs
To Neuter or Not to Neuter – What You Should Know
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