When To Neuter or Spay a Dog
What is The Best Age to Neuter or Spay a Dog
Disclaimer: This is a sponsored review. However, I will always offer my readers an unbiased and honest account of my experiences. Your trust is very appreciated, and never taken for granted. ~Tonya, Dexter and Nutter
Have you ever wondered when the right time is to spay or neuter a dog? There is no doubt that overpopulation is a huge issue here in the United States, but is it healthier for your dog to spay or neuter early, or is it more beneficial for your dog to wait until he or she has reached social maturity, typically one to two years of age? Today, I wanted to touch on some of the pros and cons of early spaying and neutering. A little food for thought for a later discussion.
Pros for Neutering or Spaying a Dog
- Controls unwanted litters
- Females won’t go into heat
- Prevents most reproductive organ disease
- Helps prevent male wandering
Cons for Neutering or Spaying a Dog Prior to Maturity
- Higher risk of hip dysplasia
- Higher risk of cranial cruciate ligament tear
- Higher risk of lymphosarcoma
- Higher risk of mast cell tumors
- Higher risk of bone cancer
- Higher risk of incontinence
- Higher risk of cystitis, i.e. bladder inflammation
When is the Best Time to Spay or Neuter a Dog?
Asking when is the best time to spay or neuter a dog is not as simple as it may appear. This is also a decision you should not take lightly—due diligence, research and knowing your specific dog are key. There are also other non-traditional ways to sterilize a pet without desexing. Speak with your veterinarian before making your final decision.
If you decide to wait until your dog has reached full maturity, responsible dog parents must ensure your dog does not wander and your female does not have an unintentional pregnancy. If you have a female dog, our friends at PABS Delay Her Spay have a unique product to help ensure a female dog in heat does not get pregnant!
Delay Her Spay pet-breeding prevention harness is a unique natural dog harness that covers the girl parts, preventing any male from gaining entry. 😉 As a bonus, the Delay Her Spay harness also comes with its own Sani-T Pad™, which acts in the same way as a human sanitary pad. These pads are washable and reusable. And don’t worry—the harness still allows your dog to urinate and defecate while wearing the system.
Yes, I tried it out on my dad’s dog, Vanessa. Although Vanessa is an eleven-year-old spayed female, she agreed to be my model and guinea pig. The first thing I noticed about the Delay Her Spay harness was the cute black-and-white gingham print and soft, flexible straps.
The harness offers an eight-point buckle system, which is adjustable to ensure a comfortable fit. I have to admit, my eyes bugged out a bit when I saw all the buckles. But luckily, it came with an easy-to-follow instruction sheet, so it really wasn’t that difficult once I got rolling.
After I fitted Vanessa, she sort of just looked at me, like “now what?” My dad encouraged her to walk around for treats, and once she realized she could move, she moved easily in her normal gait. She even ran barking to the door when a neighbor came over! Lol
The Delay Her Spay harness comes in five sizes, for dogs from 8-120 pounds. It is also highly recommended not to leave your female and male together unsupervised.
Delay Her Spay is an innovative, safe, and natural solution to keep a female dog from getting pregnant. The Sani-T Pad™ also keeps your home clean when your dog is in heat. By using this harness system, you may safely wait to spay your dog when the time is right, allowing you to spay your dog when it’s best for her health, not just your convenience. Visit PABS Delay Her Spay today and use promo code: RaiseYourPetsNaturally10 for 10% OFF your first order. They offer a variety of videos, including seeing the system in action.
Check out Vanessa’s Moves
Listen to Dr. Karen Becker’s Explanation
What age was your pet spayed or neutered? Tell me in the comments.
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