YOU ASK:

How much does it cost to neuter a dog?

WE ANSWER:

Typically, it will cost around $200 to $250 to neuter a dog, if you have it done in an animal clinic.

The costs may be lower when you have it done at a low-cost clinic or at an animal welfare clinic. These will charge you around $50 to $120. There are also organizations that campaign for pet owners to have their dogs neutered and may sometimes offer this service free of charge.

The cost will also depend on other factors, such as:

  • the size and weight of the dog (because of anesthesia costs),
  • the geographic location of the clinic,
  • the charges made by the veterinarian.

Some veterinarians will also ask whether your dog has been vaccinated and will take this into consideration when you ask him how much it will cost. Chances are, if your dog has been vaccinated, the cost will be lower.

Dog neutering, which is less invasive and simpler than dog spaying, is cheaper and will not involve a hospital stay. The cost of the neutering procedure will include the veterinarian's fee, the surgical materials, anesthesia, the IV and some medications that are needed for the proper recovery of the dog.

Of course, the best way to know how much it will cost to neuter a dog is to ask. Shop around and ask for prices from various veterinarians so that you more or less have an idea of how much the average fees will cost. That way, you won't have unpleasant surprise when you are suddenly faced with a medical bill that far exceeded your expectations!

Benefits of Neutering

If you think having your dog neutered is expensive, just compare this to the savings you will get from the changes in behavior it will cause.

Neutering results in a decreased desire for the dog to roam and get into fights. It also decreases their need to mark their territory (which you will appreciate, especially if your dog tends to decide that your leather sofa is his territory!).

Neutering also eradicates the risk of testicular cancer.

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