Marlborough Bird & Animal Hospital

21 South Main Street
Marlborough, CT 06447


Neutering Your Dog

Neutering your dog before six months of age will help prevent many annoying behavioral problems and reduce his risk of many medical complications later in life.
Here is a brief list of likely benefits:

- Eliminates annoying sexual habits such as mounting behavior or lifting his leg to "mark" his territory both outdoors and in the house.

- Eliminates roaming in search of females. If allowed to run loose, he may fight with other males, be injured by automobiles, or run away. If confined, he may become   hyperactive or aggressive.

- Reduces the chance of developing infections. Neutering also reduces prostate and testicular cancer. These are all problems of older unaltered males.

- Reduces the chance of your dog later biting or being aggressive towards other dogs and humans. Statistics show that most dog bites are inflicted by unaltered males.

- Less roaming behavior means less external and internal parasite infestations.

Altering will not change your pet's personality except to make him a calmer pet in many instances. The surgery will not cause him to become fat and lazy.
An older, less active pet may experience weight gain. This can be easily controlled by proper diet and exercise.

Feel free to contact us if you have any questions regarding this important procedure.

Spaying Your Dog

Spaying (also called "ovariohysterectomy") is an involved routine surgical procedure. Numerous studies have demonstrated that spaying a dog is overwhelmingly advantageous for her long-term health. The younger the adult dog is, the better off she'll be. However, older females can be spayed too, and receive similar benefits. Some of the benefits of spaying a female dog include the following:

- Eliminates unwanted estrus ("heat") cycles and the inconvenience of attracting stray dogs to your property.

- Eliminates the messy discharge and odor associated with estrus.

- Done prior to the first heat, spaying greatly reduces the risk of mammary cancer that is so common in older, intact females.

- Protects your dog against the risk of ovarian and uterine cancer and uterine infection(pyometra).

- Helps control the pet population crisis by avoiding unwanted pregnancies.

There is no scientific evidence that your dog will, in any way, benefit from having a "heat cycle" or a litter before spaying. Although hormonal changes after the surgery may temporarily increase her appetite, weight gain can be controlled by adjusting the type of food given.

 Feel free to contact us if you have any questions regarding this important procedure.