There is a lot of confusion about when you should alter—spay or neuter—your dog. There is even conflicting evidence about whether you should have it done at all!

The decision to have your dog altered is one of the biggest choices you will make as a pet owner. There are definitely some benefits, but what about the risks? Most veterinarians recommend it, but is it always the right choice?

There is no right or wrong answer to these questions. It depends on you and your dog.

This discussion considers reasons to spay or neuter, and some of the reasons not to. We’ll give you some advice for particular situations so you can educate yourself further. Use this information to have a conversation with your veterinarian, and to make the right choice for your dog. (If you don’t have a veterinarian, check out this guide on how to choose a vet.) And if you’ve recently adopted a dog or are…

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