Puppies should be desexed before they first come into season and many are done by the age of twelve weeks or slightly older.
Desexing puppies around about the age of eight weeks is also possible due mainly to advances in modern anesthetics. Early desexing is practiced by some animal welfare agencies faced with overpopulation problems.
Breed and weight will play a factor – the right person to ask about desexing for your puppy is the vet.
- Before with any surgical procedure, your vet should perform a full health check to find out if your puppy is healthy and not suffering from an illness or disease that may endanger his or her life when undergoing an anesthetic or operation.
- All anesthetics and operations contain risks, although with modern anesthetics, pre-blood testing and monitoring equipment, the risk of complication is low. Discuss the options with your vet.
- Desexing puppies is a day surgery procedure with the pup being available for collection from the surgery in the afternoon. Post operative care should be explained to you by the animal hospital and if you have any concerns whatsoever, contact the veterinarian immediately.
The rescue shelters take in litter after of litter of unwanted puppies simply because the desexing of companion animals is not yet mandatory.
Ethical registered breeders and rescue shelters ensure their pups are desexed prior to coming into your home.
This is general information only, consult your animal health care professional for advice concerning the desexing of your dog. See Legal Disclaimer
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