When to Spay or Neuter Your Cat or Dog
You’ve probably heard the typical age for spay/neuter surgery is usually around 6 months of age. However, that timeline can fluctuate based on your pet’s breed and gender. Female cats and dogs actually have an even greater reduced risk of developing mammary gland tumors later in life if they are spayed before their first heat cycle. If your female is at a healthy weight at around 4 or 5 months of age, we may recommend an earlier surgery at that time. Larger breed dogs, on the other hand often benefit from a later surgery at about 12-18 months of age because their reproductive hormones actually play an important role in their growth rate.
The Benefits of Having Your Pet Fixed
Spay and neuter surgeries help improve your pet’s health and their behavior in several different ways.
Why Spay Your Female Pet:
- Your female is not as likely to attempt escape in order to find a mate (escapes could result in car accidents or encounters with wild animals).
- Female pets no longer go through messy, frustrating heat cycles.
- Females have a reduced risk of developing mammary gland tumors, which are often malignant and difficult to treat.
- Your female will have no risk of pyometra, a dangerous uterine infection.
- Female cats and dogs have no risk of ovarian or uterine cancers.
Why Neuter Your Male Pet:
- Males are not as likely to attempt escape to find a mate (escapes could result in car accidents or encounters with wild animals).
- Male dogs and cats are often less aggressive, especially toward other males.
- Males are less likely to exhibit urine-spraying or mounting behaviors.
- Your male pet has a reduced risk of prostate problems.
- Male cats and dogs have no chance of testicular cancer.
Schedule a visit with one of our veterinarians today so we can discuss your puppy or kitten’s best option for a timely surgery. We look forward to meeting you and your pet!