Spaying your Dog
We recommend having your female puppy spayed around 6 months of age. A “spay” is an ovariohysterectomy (removing both ovaries and uterus). Although routine, it is a major procedure, which is why we take extra precautions to ensure your puppy’s safety and smooth recovery.
There are many health benefits to having your puppy spayed, including:
· Significantly reduced chance of developing breast cancer later in life (IF SPAYED BEFORE THE FIRST HEAT CYCLE)
· She won’t develop pyometra, a potentially fatal infection of the uterus
· No possibility of uterine or ovarian cancer
Her personality will not change, and she will not get “fat” (unless you over-feed her!). She does not need to have a litter. In fact, each pregnancy puts her at risk of complications.
Neutering your Dog
We recommend having your male puppy neutered at 6 months of age. Neutering involves removing both testicles and leaving the scrotum. Although routine, it is a major procedure, which is why we take extra precautions to ensure your puppy’s safety and smooth recovery.
There are many health benefits to having your puppy neutered, including:
· Significantly reduced chance of prostate infections and prostate cancer
· Eliminates possibility of testicular cancer
· Won’t be as likely to urine-mark in home
· Decreased risk of being hit by a car (un-neutered males have the highest incidence of vehicular trauma as they are constantly on the look-out for females in heat)
His personality will not change, and he will not get “fat” (unless you over-feed him!).
Clark County Law
All dogs must be spayed or neutered by one year of age or the owner must have a pet fancier’s license or proof that the animal is a show animal.
In an effort to reduce unwanted pets, on November 15, 2005, the Clark County Board of Commissioners signed into law an ordinance amendment to Title 10.08 that regulated the ownership of unsterilized dogs and cats to prohibit the sale of cats or dogs without a pet dog or pet cat fancier’s permit.
Because of the change in this ordinance, an owner of any unsterilized animal in violation of Title 10 may be cited. This amendment also mandates that each unsterilized animal be implanted with a microchip device which number must be provided to Animal Control.
North Las Vegas Law
The city of North Las Vegas, a suburb of Las Vegas in Clark County, Nevada, has adopted a mandatory spay/neuter law. It is now a crime to have a pet 4 months of age or older that is not sterilized and can be punishable by up to 6 months in jail and a fine up to $1,000.