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Ask a Vet: When should I sterilise my puppy?

When to sterilise puppy | Vanillapup

Dr. Brian Loon shares the best time to sterilise female and male puppies, and a new surgery option for lesser pain, smaller wounds, and faster recovery.

Q. When should I sterilise my puppy?

Dr. Brian Loon: Sterilisation of male and female dogs can generally be done from 6 months of age onwards.

Research has shown benefits in sterilising female dogs before their first or second heat, as it statistically reduces their risk of developing breast cancer later in life. Most female dogs come into heat between 6 to 8 months of age.

For a dog that is already in heat, veterinarians generally recommend waiting till at least 2 months after the heat has ended to perform the procedure, in order to reduce the risks of intra-operative bleeding.

Laparoscopy a.k.a keyhole surgery is a new minimally invasive surgery option for spaying female dogs and neutering male dogs with undescended abdominal testicles. Its benefits include minimal post-operative pain, smaller wounds, and better post-surgery recovery with lower risks of major wound complications.

Learn more about laparoscopic spay.


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Dr. Brian Loon
Principal Veterinary Surgeon at Amber Vet
BSc. BVMS (Hons) (Murdoch), Certificate Veterinary Acupuncture (IVAS)

Dr. Brian Loon graduated from Murdoch University, Western Australia in 2007 and has since been practising as a small animal veterinarian in Singapore. His areas of special interest include diagnostic ultrasonography, endoscopy, and minimally invasive (keyhole) surgery (laparoscopy).

He is also certified in Veterinary Acupuncture with the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society (IVAS) and a certified and registered member of PennHIP, an internationally known modality for diagnosing hip dysplasia in cats and dogs.
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