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Spaying or Neutering Italian Greyhounds

One of the most important things you can do to prolong the life of your Italian Greyhound is to spay or neuter them. These surgeries are extremely common procedures and are completed within only 10-15 minutes in general in most dogs (and cats too).

One of the most common questions we are asked is "What is the youngest age I can get spay or neuter my Italian Greyhound?" There is a lot of disagreement from various parties about when this should be done, but we recommend to get your IG(s) spayed or neutered at an early age. Most veterinarians recommend getting dogs fixed around 6 months of age, however it is perfectly safe to spay or neuter your iggy(s) as early as 4 months of age. Read more about early neutering or spaying on the Humane Alliance's When to Spay website.

A common misconception about spay/neuter is that your female IG must go in to heat at least one time before you can get it spayed. There is no need to wait for a heat cycle. By 6 months of age, many dogs have completed much of their growth spurt already. Italian Greyhounds have already gained adult teeth, and will primarily be "filling out" more as they age. Therefore, waiting for a heat cycle provides little or no benefit to an early spay.

Even if you purchased or adopted an Italian Greyhound as an adult, the benefits of getting your dog fixed far outweigh any small risks that exist. Adult dogs will gain some of the same benefits as a puppy if spayed or neutered. When we see older female dogs arriving in to rescue who haven't been spayed until later in life, after multiple litters of puppies and/or from a puppy mill type situation, there is a much greater likelihood that they may have mammary (or other) tumors compared to those who were fixed at a young age.

Short and Long-term Benefits of Spay or Neuter

How to Save Money for Spay/Neuter Services

The cost of a spay or neuter is often cited as a reason to not get an Italian Greyhound or other animal fixed, but a little research can save an extreme amount of money in some instances. Since IGs are small dogs, their costs are far less than large breed dogs. Even at full price a spay or neuter can reduce costs incurred with complications of cancers, unplanned litters and other medical issues which non-fixed pets may develop over time.

Types of Spay or Neuter

Understand the Risks

In general, a basic spay or neuter poses very little risk to an Italian Greyhound, especially when your dog is young and healthy. It is recommended that you use a vet who is experienced with Italian Greyhounds for any surgical procedure, and is aware of their sensitivity to anesthesia. If your IG has any other underlying health issues, please speak to your vet about any additional risks a surgery may pose, and feel free to get a second opinion in order to keep your IG safe.

Spay/Neuter Myths

The following statements are myths commonly told about spay/neuter. These are simply myths and the medical facts support the opposite conclusions.

 
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