As of September, 2009, we have made arrangements with our vet at Clearbrook Animal Hospital to spay/neuter puppies at 7 weeks of age. I have resisted offering this procedure in the past fearing that it would be a difficult process to put young puppies through but after visiting a breeder friend of mine who has been doing all her puppies for years, I was convinced that it was actually better. Puppies were taken to the vet in the morning and picked up early afternoon. By supper, when all the puppies were running around in the yard, you could not tell which puppies had been altered and which hadn’t. There were no complications, no fasting prior to surgery, no stitches to remove and no additional painkillers required. Puppies bounced back so quickly, it was amazing! By the time they went home a week later you could barely see any incision. With the early spay/neuter, secondary characteristics associated with sexual maturity rarely present themselves and you are able to avoid having to deal with behavior normally associated with hormones. Microchips are inserted after pups have their spay/neuter surgery. When you pick up your puppy, you will be given the registration form which, when submitted with your payment of $19, will register your puppy in the national database thus increasing the possibility of a lost/stolen pet being returned to you. If you want to take advantage of the early spay/neuter and Microchip, we are offering the procedure to anyone purchasing one of our puppies for a significantly reduced price of $175. This is a substantial savings over what you would pay if you waited until your puppy was 6 months to a year of age. Please let us know if you want this option added to your invoice. Please note: if you are purchasing a toy/teacup schnauzer puppy, our vet will only perform the early spay/neuter if puppies are 3 lbs by the time they are 7 weeks old. If they are weigh less than that, the early spay/neuter is not an option and the price of your puppy will be adjusted to the price listed above for the estimated mature size of your puppy. You are welcome to make your own arrangements with your vet to have this done once you get your puppy home.