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.

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.

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.