Spaying and Neutering Facts

Spaying – Female

  • Spaying (ovariohysterectomy) means to surgically remove the ovaries and uterus. This prevents pregnancy from occurring along with decreasing the risk of mammary cancer and uterine infections.
  • Spaying before the first heat cycle is most often recommended as the risk of mammary cancer increases with each heat cycle.
  • In cats, we recommend spaying between 4-6 months of age. In dogs, we recommend spaying between 6-10 months of age.
  • Spaying your pet will not cause them to become overweight, but may decrease the amount of calories required. Overfeeding and not enough exercise are the leading causes of obesity in pets.
  • Spayed females will be less likely to roam and attract other animals during heat cycles, resulting in a decreased risk of being struck by a vehicle or harmed by an interested animal during these times.
  • Good quality pain control before, during, and after the procedure helps to decrease inflammation and make your pet more comfortable during the healing process which leads to shorter recovery times.

Neutering – Male

  • Neutering means to surgically remove the testicles. This prevents breeding from occurring and reduces the risk of certain types of cancer in the future.
  • Neutering cats around 4-6 months is usually recommended. Neutering dogs is usually recommended around 6-12 months of age. This helps reduce urine marking (spraying) and sexual or aggressive behavior.
  • A neutered animal is much less likely to roam which can decrease the risk of losing the pet, being struck by a vehicle, or having altercations with other animals while wondering.
  • Good quality pain control before, during, and after the procedure helps to decrease inflammation and make your pet more comfortable during the healing process which leads to shorter recovery times.

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.