What is spaying/neutering?
Spaying is a surgical procedure that refers to the removal of the reproductive organs (ovaries and uterus) of female cats and dogs, whereas neutering is the removal of the testicles in male cats and dogs. Both procedures are performed while the pet is under anesthesia.
Spaying/neutering benefits both your pet and your community. The procedure ensures that your pet will not reproduce and helps decrease pet overpopulation. In addition, spayed or neutered pets are typically less aggressive and more affectionate towards their owners. Spaying female pets also prevents uterine infections and breast cancer. For male animals, neutering decreases the chance of prostate issues and testicular cancer.
How does spaying/neutering work?
In general, pet insurance companies consider neutering and spaying elective procedures, which is why they are not covered in many pet insurance policies.
Luckily, some insurers offer add-on wellness and preventive care plans that include coverage for these routine surgeries. Typically, these plans also cover wellness exams, tick and flea prevention, vaccinations, and so on.
Average spaying/neutering cost
The cost to spay or neuter a dog can be quite expensive depending on several factors, including:
- Pet type and weight (for instance, smaller dogs like Chihuahuas are less expensive than Cane Corsos because they require a smaller dose of anesthesia and post-operative pain medication)
- The type of facility you choose and its location
- Whether a veterinary specialist is required.
Generally, the cost to neuter a dog can range from $50 to $350 while the cost to spay a dog can reach up to $500. Certain complications, such as pre-existing conditions in pets, can add an additional $100 to $200 to the total cost. The cost to spay or neuter cats is between $300 to $500 for females and around $200 for males.
Pet insurance and complementary wellness plans often cover pets’ spay/neuter costs and can be a great way to offset the expense of this important veterinary service.