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Dog Spay or Neuter Cost

How Much Does a Dog Spay or Neuter Cost?

low costNeuter: $45-$110average costSpay: $50-$175
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  Typical costs:
  • The cost of neutering a dog at a Humane Society or at a low-cost clinic can range from $45 to $135, depending on the weight of the dog. The cost of spaying, a more complicated surgery, usually ranges from about $50 to $175.
  • Some clinics and animal hospitals can charge up to $200-$300 or more, depending on the weight of the dog.
  • The cost of both neutering and spaying vary greatly by geographic region, and even by veterinarian.
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What should be included:
  • In neutering, the veterinarian makes an incision in front of the scrotum, removes both testicles, then stitches the incision.
  • In spaying, the veterinarian makes an incision in the abdominal wall, removes the uterus and ovaries, then stitches the incision. offers an overview of neutering[1] and spaying[2] .
  • General anesthesia usually is used for neutering and spaying.
  • Neutering benefits include protection from prostatitis and testicular tumors, as well as reduction of undesirable behaviors, including aggression toward other male dogs, desire to roam, urine marking and inappropriate mounting.
  • Spaying benefits can include a lowered risk for mammary tumors, reproductive bleeding, uterine tumors and infection.
  • The American Veterinary Medical Association[3] offers a list of the benefits of spaying and neutering.
Additional costs:
  • Spaying a dog that is in heat, or obese costs about $25 extra.
  • Spaying a pregnant dog costs about $50 to $125 extra.
  • Laser surgery can reduce pain, bleeding and swelling, and can be more precise, but costs between one-quarter and one-third more.
  • Most veterinarians offer the option of pre-anesthesia blood work, to make sure the liver and kidneys are working properly, for about $40.
  • Extra pain medication, usually an injection before surgery and a pill for later, usually costs between $10 and $30.
  • For male dogs, testicular implants are available. They cost between $94 and $919 per pair, depending on the size and model.[4] offers a detailed description of the product.
  • Most animal shelters and humane societies include spaying or neutering in the adoption fee.
  • Low-cost spay and neuter services, where a veterinarian offers a reduced rate or an organization -- or state or local government -- offers subsidies, can cost as little as $30. But lower cost sometimes means an assembly-line approach is used, so the dog might not get as much attention or recovery time. Spay/USA[5] has a referral service for reduced cost spay and neuter clinics.
  • In rare cases, such as with programs that use veterinary students, spaying and neutering can be free. Because of breed-specific legislation where some local governments require pit bulls be altered, free programs for this breed are becoming more common. Pit Bull Rescue Central[6] offers a list of resources for pit bull owners.
Shopping for a dog spay or neuter:
  • Tip: Find out which type of anesthesia is used and whether the dog is hooked to a heart monitor during surgery.[7] has a list of questions to ask.
  • To find a good veterinarian, ask fellow dog owners, breeders or humane associations. Or, search the American Veterinary Medical Association[8] website to find your state's veterinary medical association for a referral.
  • Ask the veterinarian how long he or she has been practicing, and how much continuing education he or she receives per year. Then, tour the clinic to check cleanliness, attitude and clinic policies and prices. offers guidelines on how to find[9] and which questions to ask[10] a veterinarian.
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Maltese 6months - Neuter
Amount: $340.00
Posted by: Mr B in Frederick, MD.Posted: March 31st, 2017 03:03PM
Healthy and up to date on shots. No pre surgical blood work.
Neutering with cardiac monitor and laser for speed of healing. They trimmed his nails (didn't need it considering I just did it so I felt that was a waste of $16) but I love my vet. I've been using him for years and he treats my animals with care and respect. I was a little surprised because my 2 male cats were only $200 a piece.
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7 month old Pomeranian
Amount: $590.93
Posted by: Rastaf in Troy, MI.Posted: February 23rd, 2017 04:02PM
Vet: Maple Veterinarian
My wife and I were really surprised at the high cost (higher than discussed on phone) however we like Dr Mike.
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German Shepherd/Pitbull
Amount: $50.00
Posted by: CoryS in NORFOLK, VA.Posted: February 9th, 2017 03:02PM
Vet: PETA Mobile
Fantastic job by Peta.. I couldnt believe some of the prices posted. 60 lb female spay costed 35$, plus 15 for her rabies shot. I dropped her off at 7 am and picked her up at 1230pm. They even sent her home with prescription pain pills. Used the dissolve sutures also. Incision looked great and they treated her awesome!
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Puppy spaying + all shots and microchiping
Amount: $620.00
Posted by: Elua in Buckeye, AZ.Posted: January 18th, 2017 08:01AM
Vet: North Buckeye Animal Hospital
The price includes a laser spay surgery, cathedral fluids, pain medication, cone, 3 months heartworm medicine, microchip, and all necessary vaccines.
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Vet Tech 15+ years' experience
Amount: $150.00
Posted by: RVT in Bakersfield, CA.Posted: October 4th, 2016 08:10PM
Treatment: Canine NeuterBreed: any
The average cost in my area is around $150-250 depending on size. I am blown away at any neuter bill over $500. I can't imagine offering an estimate at that price with a straight face! No wonder there are so many unaltered dogs out there.
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German Shorthaired Pointer 55 lb\'s
Amount: $575.00
Posted by: Jeremy G in Bristol, PA.Posted: July 20th, 2015 08:07AM
Treatment: NeuterBreed: German Shorthaired Pointer
Vet: Pets Best Friend
Includes pre neuter workup labs, heart worm test, cone of shame, anesthesia (propofol), with overnight recovery.
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Laser Spay 8YO Female Lucy April 2015
Amount: $190.00
Posted by: zzzulu in Lufkin, TX.Posted: April 13th, 2015 09:04AM
Treatment: Laser SpayBreed: Black Mouth Cur
Vet: West Loop Animal Clinic
Lucy is a rescue dog. She showed up on the property one night at the end of March 2015 w/o collar/tags, and I decided to keep her. The procedure went thru the Humane Society under their low-income program. With no collar/tags, Lucy needed a rabies shot first, and I paid the fee of $10 for that to the Humane Society, along with a fee of $35 for the spay. However, at the animal clinic, I was charged another $30 because of Lucy's weight being over 40#, another $30 for laser surgery that I chose because of Lucy's age, another $55 for a blood profile because I was told the vet wouldn't know if the surgery would be safe for Lucy w/o it, $15 for a pain injection, and another $15 for a heartworm test that I chose because I live near a lot of water, hence mosquitoes. I had my Border Collie spayed in 2011 when she was about two months old thru a different animal clinic in a different county; it cost a lot less with just a set fee to have her spayed. No option to choose 2015 w/this online form.
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vet tech
Amount: $0.00
Posted by: vettech in Falmouth, ME.Posted: April 1st, 2015 10:04AM
Treatment: Spay/neuterBreed:
Like anything in life, you get what you pay for. You can price shop, but there is likely a reason why a vet hospital is charging more than another. At my hospital we hold ourselves to a higher standard then most, because we want to provide the best care to our patients. We're not a bargain spay neuter clinic. These places take lots of short cuts to keep prices low for people that can not afford vet hospital prices. They do not have the same standard of care for their patients..bottom line they just cant afford to. They are the only option for some people and it can be better than nothing but trust me when I with anything you get what yo pay for. Discuss with your veterinarian what your budget is any they should be able to show you an estimate of costs and explain value behind the dollar. A big influence on this procedure is the age and size of the animal. Mature females will cost more, but that's because the procedure will take longer due to increased vascularization.
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12 month old chiuawa
Amount: $75.00
Posted by: Jennifer_munoz in Plainveiw, TX.Posted: January 4th, 2015 11:01AM
Vet: Texas health center
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Fix Long Beaxh
Amount: $0.00
Posted by: kawie95 in Long Beach, CA.Posted: December 27th, 2014 01:12PM
Treatment: spayBreed: Chihuahua
Vet: Fix long beach
Having my 2 year old Chihuahua I adopted from fix long beach spayed today. Dropped her off at 7am, picking her up today.
They are very nice. Its free for long beach residents.
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Spay for 8-yr-old chihuahua
Amount: $75.00
Posted by: Alexus Angel in Hugo, MN.Posted: December 10th, 2014 05:12PM
Vet: Kindest Cut
We were told by the vet we normally take her to that she had pyometra and would need immediate spay for $900. She took amoxicillin for a week and we contacted SNAP - spay and pain medications totaled $75. Thank goodness for this program!
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boxer mixed with a pitbull and shepherd
Amount: $890.00
Posted by: jorge estrada in strathmore, CA.Posted: July 19th, 2014 07:07PM
They are very strong and helthy
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adopt don\'t shop
Amount: $95.00
Posted by: Quigley in Tyner, NC.Posted: March 13th, 2014 05:03AM
Treatment: spay, microchip, shotsBreed: any
Vet: shelter
If you go to a shelter and adopt, you will in many cases, pay only the adoption fee. Many include spaying/neutering, microchip, vaccinations, test for heartworm and if negative, a dose of heartworm meds, and flea tick meds. A pet from a rescue also costs less than some of these prices and you can find pure breeds at rescues and shelters.
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Labradoole spayed
Amount: $272.00
Posted by: Charlotte Woolsey in alexander city, AL.Posted: January 9th, 2014 10:01AM
Treatment: spay & shotsBreed: labradoodle
Vet: Dr. Smith,
11 month old labradoodle, 80 lbs spayed, all shots laser surgery doing great
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Amount: $50.00
Posted by: Davis in Roswell, NM.Posted: October 29th, 2013 09:10PM
Vet: Smith
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spay and neuter
Amount: $280.00
Posted by: Kentucky Animal Lover in owensboro, KY.Posted: September 6th, 2013 01:09PM
Treatment: spay and neuterBreed: Shih Tzu, Great Pyrenees
Vet: Audubon Animal Hospital
I was quoted 280.00 to get both my Shih Tzu and Great Pyrenees fixed. My Shih Tzu I rescued, he was used for breeding and the Pyrenees was from a friend who uses the dogs for herd guarding. The staff we very kind and answered all my questions. The price included anesthesia, the surgery itself and after care pain meds. I had to buy the no bite collars myself but I wasn't to upset a out it.
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spay and neuter
Amount: $139.00
Posted by: petlover in Hacienda heights, CA.Posted: April 25th, 2013 08:04AM
Treatment: spay and neuterBreed: JR
Vet: St.francis animal hospital
I have two dogs Jack Russell a male and a female
spay cost $139.00 and the male cost $119.00 that were include exam, sedation, anesthesia, surgery antibiotics injection and pain injection what a deal
both dogs doing great
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6 Month Old Boston Neutered
Amount: $95.00
Posted by: PW in Vincennes, IN.Posted: February 28th, 2013 08:02AM
Treatment: NeuterBreed: Boston Terrier
Vet: Brocksmith Veterinary
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22 week, 16 lb mini Aussie
Amount: $601.00
Posted by: JSL in Zionsville, IN.Posted: January 27th, 2013 03:01PM
Treatment: spay and microchipBreed: minature Australian shepherd
Vet: Zionsville Animal Hospital
I was a little shocked by the high price I paid, but my dog is very comfortable with my vet and the care and staff are outstanding. The procedure included the surgery, pre-op blood work, pain meds, nail trim, micro-chipping and any necessary follow-up visits (in my case only 1). The vet corrected a previously overlooked umbilical hernia at no extra charge. I paid $75 beyond the base price for laser surgery. This shortens healing time and means there were no stitches to remove. I called around and a similar procedure at a nearby hospital was $350 (no laser). I asked my vet to explain the higher price and he showed me the laser, heated surgical platform and heated recovery cages that other hospitals don't offer. They also used sevoflurane for the anesthetic which allows shorter recovery time than the isoflurane used by most vets.
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Neuter of large shepherd
Amount: $825.00
Posted by: Shepherd Lover in Fredericksburg, VA.Posted: December 12th, 2012 02:12PM
Treatment: NeuterBreed: German Shepherd/Belgian Mali Mix
Vet: VCA Gordon Rd., Fredericksburg VA
I received the estimate via email from my vet. They had mentioned $400 prior to the estimate. The estimate in July was $520. The dog is about 125 lb., 24 months old, healthy, active. IN COMPLETE SHOCK. Scheduled for Monday. Belgian Malinois's are very sensitive to anesthesia and it is reported they have to be watch closesly with surgeries.... could this be why? It includes blood work prior to the surgery. I should hope so.
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GSD Mix Spay procedure
Amount: $370.00
Posted by: [email protected] in Stevenson Ranch, CA.Posted: July 23rd, 2012 12:07AM
Treatment: Spay 16 week old, 19 poundsBreed: German Shepherd Mix
My 16 week old, 19 pound, German Shepherd mix puppy is going in for her spay procedure tomorrow. I was quoted $370 to include spay, heart monitoring, anesthesia, pain meds and overnight stay. If the price I pay tomorrow is different than what I was quoted, I'll repost.
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6 month old 23 pound terrier neutered
Amount: $200.00
Posted by: tomsmom in Marcy, NY.Posted: June 20th, 2012 06:06AM
Treatment: neuteredBreed: wheaten terrier
Vet: beaver meadows
It was $21-office visit, $18-hospitalization, $17-preop sedation, $20-propoflo, $41.80-anesthesia, $35-canine castration, $13-suture material vicryl, $15-kennel cough 2nd vaccination, $10-ear plucking, $10 plastic cone collar. I thought it was average for the area. They are close to where I live, they get my dog in the day I call when there's a problem and the staff is really nice.
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