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  Why Spay or Neuter Your Pet?  

Many folks hesitate to spay or neuter their pet, fearing that it's painful and wondering what the actual benfits are. Here is a discussion of the procedure and why you should consider it for your dog.

What is it?  

Spaying is the surgical removal of the reproductive organs of female dogs and neutering is the surgical removal of a male dog's testicles. Both operations are performed while the dog is under anesthesia. Your veterinarian may want to keep your dog under observation for anywhere from a few hours to several days. The length of the stay is dependent on your dog's age, size, and health. Do not leave your dog overnight at the vet's office if they do not have techs in attendance. Certain procedures will require that you bring the dog back in a week to ten days for suture removal. Your veterinarian will be glad to answer any questions you may have about spay or neuter procedures, as well as help you determine the best age at which you should sterilize your dog.

Spaying or neutering is good for your dog

Spaying and neutering are good for your community

The cost to spay or neuter your dog is relatively low if you consider all the benefits you and your dog will reap over his lifetime, as well as the satisfaction of knowing you are doing your part to prevent the birth of even more unwanted animals.