Neutering and Spaying Your Puppy

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Make sure there are no surprises by having your little one neutered or spayed as soon as possible—provided you don't want to become a breeder. Neutering and spaying surgeries can be done by the time puppies are 6 months old and involve a fairly quick recovery time. Benefits to such surgeries include:

  • Decreased aggression in males
  • Decreased interest in roaming
  • Decreased urge to mark territory
  • Decreased chance of mammary tumors or uterine disease in females who are spayed before their first heat cycles
  • Less menstrual mess (female dogs have 21–day–long cycles that occur every six months and start sometime after 6 months of age)