Spaying or neutering a dog is a big part of being a responsible owner since it can prevent overpopulation and keep your dog healthier. While this can be a costly thing to do it can also be pretty affordable if you know where to look. 

In this article, we will talk about average costs for spaying/neutering a dog and explain how and where you can find more affordable options.

Average Cost of Spaying and Neutering

Before we discuss the average cost of spaying/neutering, let’s take a closer look at what these procedures entail and what can affect their cost.

First of all, spaying is a procedure for removing a dog’s uterus and ovaries. Neutering, on the other hand, is a procedure of removing a dog’s testicles and, in certain situations, the scrotum. Both are a standard procedure with low-risk of complications as long as precautions are taken.

Spaying can cost on average between $50-$500, while neutering can cost anywhere between $35-$300. In general, spaying a female dog is a bit more expensive than neutering a male dog since it is a more invasive surgery. However, the cost will depend on factors such as: your dog’s age, breed, size, health, and the type of the clinic you choose.


What Is Included In the Fee?

As we mentioned, some hospitals include more services in the procedure than others. Typically, the procedure will include surgery, general anesthesia, and sedation. If you go to a regular clinic there will always be a full pre-operation exam. Cheaper clinics generally don’t offer this because of the high number of surgeries that are performed there each day.

This procedure can also include post-op recovery monitoring, pain medications, antibiotics (if necessary), nail trim, e-collar, etc. Most clinics will also offer additional services like screening EKG, or blood work, and post-surgery laser therapy of the area. These services are obviously optional, and will increase the total cost of the spaying procedure. That is why it is important to ask what is included in the procedure fee before you agree to it.

Reasons Why Price May Increase

The most common reason for increase cost of spaying/neutering depends on how much the dog weighs. Heavier dogs need more anesthesia and many clinics list their prices by weight.

Other health factors can also increase the cost of the procedure. Dogs with serious health conditions like diabetes need additional blood work. Another example, spaying a pregnant dog or a dog in heat will be more expensive. And male dogs that have undescended testicles will require more work. This can increase neutering costs by $100 to $800.

Some clinics and veterinarians demand for the dog to be up-to-date on vaccinations before the procedure. Some dogs may need pain medication, which can cost between $10 and $30 on average.


Where to Find Low-Cost Spaying/Neutering Options

Since the procedure is encouraged, you can find a few different low-cost options in most major cities.

  • Check your local shelters and rescue organizations because they often provide discounts for spaying/neutering, as well as free procedures for dogs adopted. They may also offer advice on other affordable options in your area.
  • Some local shelters have in-house clinics for spaying/neutering. These shelters may charge a smaller fee than a full-service clinic or veterinarian, even if your dog is not adopted.
  • You can find vouchers for low-income residents in certain cities and counties. Get in touch with your local department of animal control to see what they have to offer.
  • Check out the websites of SpayUSA, ASPCA and PetSmart Charities to search their databases for free and low-cost programs in your area.
  • Senior citizens should check their local senior centers and Area Agency on Aging for potential senior discounts.
  • Go to Speak for Animals website to find links to programs and vouchers for low-income citizens and people on government assistance.
  • Some clinics and full-service vets offer these services on certain days, so be sure to ask. Ask them about any potential discounts for senior citizens and low-income individuals that may not be advertised.


Getting your dog fixed is good for various reasons, including the prevention of overpopulation and better health. However, spaying and neutering procedures can be expensive if you are not aware of what we have discussed. Be sure to take the time to do your research to prevent unnecessary costs.

The price of these procedures will be affected by different factors, including the type of clinic where the procedure is done. Luckily, there are many affordable options to be found in major cities if you want to get your dog fixed.

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Diana currently lives and works in London, UK and she's been an animal lover and dog owner since she was a child. After graduating high school, she focused on getting her degree in English to become a writer with a focus on animals, pets and dogs.