What's the difference between spay and neuter?

Spaying and neutering are the words that are used to refer to the different procedures for having a dog "fixed." They refer to the same concept, but two separate procedures.

  • Spaying: This procedure is carried out to surgically fix female dogs so they will not be able to procreate. It involves removal of both ovaries and the uterus.
  • Neutering: This refers to the surgical castration of male dogs to prevent them from impregnating female dogs.

Both require the dog to be anesthetized, but the dog is usually sent home with their owner the same day. Veterinarians recommend spaying or neutering your dog in order to prevent unwanted breeding. Contact a vet in your area.

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