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How Much Does it Cost to Neuter a Dog?

by MetLife Pet Insurance
1 month ago

Why should you neuter your dog?  According to Planned Pethood, as many as 85% of dogs hit by cars are unneutered males.  Unneutered male dogs represent 80% of the dogs presented to animal behaviorists for cases of aggression and are involved in 75% of reported dog bite cases.1   

Additionally, a study conducted by Banfield Pet Hospital on 2.2 million dogs concluded that neutered male dogs live 18% longer on average than their unaltered counterparts.  

What is Neutering & When is it Done? 

In simplest terms, neutering is a surgical procedure that prevents male dogs from breeding and may lessen their drive to do so.2  According to the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA)3, during a typical neuter or Orchiectomy, the testes are removed. This should make a male dog unable to reproduce, while potentially reducing breeding behaviors as well. 

Alternate procedures performed by some veterinarians could include: 

  • Vasectomy in which only the vas deferens, which transports sperm, are removed.  However, in this procedure, the dog’s testes remain and produce hormones, so the procedure may not eliminate mating behaviors. 
  • Although FDA approved and considered a safe and effective method of chemically neutering male dogs, Neutersol® aka Zeuterin®, halted production in 2016.4 The process involves injecting a solution of L-arginine and zinc gluconate into each testicle.  The solution kills existing sperm and stimulates scar tissue, blocking new sperm from being transported.  

The American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) recommends that small male dogs should be sterilized by 5 to 6 months of age.5 Meanwhile, a large or giant breed is often sterilized when growth is complete, typically between 9 to 15 months of age.  It is best to discuss options with your veterinarian.   

How Much Does it Cost to Neuter a Dog? 

Neutering is a surgical procedure, so doing your research to determine the best options is wise and responsible.  Where you live, the type of veterinary clinic and procedure you choose, and your dog’s size and breed can all affect the cost of neutering.  That being said, the average cost to neuter your dog typically runs between $50- $500.6   

Pre-existing health conditions and the age of your pet may make the procedure more costly.  Sit down with your vet and explore your options surrounding the best time, place, and procedure for your pet. You may also ask questions regarding blood testing, wellness exams and post-surgery care as well. 

How Do You Find a Neuter Clinic? 

The best way to find a clinic is by starting a conversation with your veterinarian directly. He or she may know of financing options to suit your budget.  If not, your vet should be able to provide a reasonably priced referral for your dog. Additionally, you can check with your local pet store, animal shelter or humane society to see if they offer vouchers or referrals.  The ASPCA also maintains a comprehensive database to help you locate a low-cost neuter clinic in your community. 

Will Pet Insurance Help Cover the Cost of Neutering a Dog?  

Not all pet insurance policies cover the cost of neutering a dog. However, MetLife Pet Insurance1 may be able to cover your expenses depending on your policy coverage and exclusions.2 


1 Pet Insurance offered by MetLife Pet Insurance Solutions LLC is underwritten by Independence American Insurance Company (“IAIC”), a Delaware insurance company, headquartered at 485 Madison Avenue, NY, NY 10022, and Metropolitan General Insurance Company (“MetGen”), a Rhode Island insurance company, headquartered at 700 Quaker Lane, Warwick, RI 02886, in those states where MetGen’s policies are available. MetLife Pet Insurance Solutions LLC is the policy administrator authorized by IAIC and MetGen to offer and administer pet insurance policies. MetLife Pet Insurance Solutions LLC was previously known as PetFirst Healthcare, LLC and in some states continues to operate under that name pending approval of its application for a name change. The entity may operate under an alternate, assumed, and/or fictitious name in certain jurisdictions as approved, including MetLife Pet Insurance Services LLC (New York and Minnesota), MetLife Pet Insurance Solutions Agency LLC (Illinois), and such other alternate, assumed, or fictitious names approved by certain jurisdictions. 

2 Provided all terms of the policy are met. Application is subject to underwriting review and approval. Like most insurance policies, insurance policies issued by IAIC and MetGen contain certain deductibles, co-insurance, exclusions, exceptions, reductions, limitations, and terms for keeping them in force. For costs, complete details of coverage and exclusions, and a listing of approved states, please contact MetLife Pet Insurance Solutions LLC. 

1  “The Health Benefits of Spaying/Neutering,” Georgia SPOT Society. 

2 “Neutering in Dogs” | VCA Animal Hospital (vcahospitals.com) 

3  “Spaying & Neutering,” AVMA.com. 

“Zeuterin Marketer Falters Two Years After U.S. Debut,” Eddie Lau, VIN News Service, April 22, 2016. 

5  “Reproductive Health,” AAHA Guidelines, AAHA.org.  

6  How Much Does It Cost To Neuter A Dog Near Me? | Paoli Vetcare  

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