Question of the Week: When should I spay my puppy?

Cocker Spaniel PuppyThe health and well being of your puppy is the biggest concern when deciding when spaying is appropriate. This surgery will prevent your dog from becoming pregnant. Spayed dogs are less likely to develop breast cancer and will not be at risk for ovarian or uterine tumors. It is generally considered safe for puppies as young as eight weeks of age to be spayed.

While some advise to wait till after the first heat, doing so increases the chance of your dog developing mammary tumors. The more heat cycles the dog goes through, the higher the risk.

Additionally, allowing your dog to give birth is contributing to the significant problem of overpopulation. Our shelters are overflowing with puppies that need homes.

Having your female dog “intact” (unspayed) will also increase the chances of her running away in order to find a mate.

Although a major surgery, spaying is very common and conducted with the highest safety protocols by our doctors. We are more than happy to discuss with you exactly what is involved and when the timing is best for your dog to be spayed. Call us if you have questions or concerns.