Spaying and Neutering Facts

Spaying – Female

  • Spaying means surgically removing the ovaries and uterus. This prevents pregnancy from occurring.
  • Spaying before the first heat cycle is recommended, as the risk of mammary cancer and uterine infection increases with each heat cycle.
  • In dogs and cats, we recommend spaying around 5-6 months of age.
  • Spaying your pet will not cause it to become overweight. Overfeeding and not enough exercise are the leading causes of obesity in pets.
  • Spayed females will be less likely to roam and will not attract other animals, resulting in less chances of being struck by a vehicle or harmed by an interested animal.
  • Good quality pain control before, during and after the procedure will help to manage pain in your pet, help them feel comfortable and decrease inflammation so that they heal faster.

Neutering – Male

  • Neutering means removing the testicles, preventing breeding from occurring.
  • Neutering around 5-6 months of age is normally recommended. This helps reduce urine marking (spraying) and sexual or aggressive behavior.
  • A neutered animal is much less likely to roam, resulting in less automobile accidents and other animal altercations.
  • Good quality pain control before, during and after the procedure will help to manage pain in your pet, help them feel comfortable and decrease inflammation so that they heal faster.

Over-population is a huge issue in the United States today. Millions of animals are euthanized each year because they are unwanted. Please spay or neuter your pet.

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