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Spays and neuters

Spaying or Neutering your pet can have a dramatic impact on your pets health and life expectancy.  Take a look at the ASPCA's top 10 list of reasons to have your pet spayed or neutered...

  1. Your female pet will live a longer, healthier life.
    Spaying helps prevent uterine infections and breast cancer, which is fatal in about 50 percent of dogs and 90 percent of cats. Spaying your pet before her first heat offers the best protection from these diseases.
  2. Neutering provides major health benefits for your male.
    Besides preventing unwanted litters, neutering your male companion prevents testicular cancer, if done before six months of age.
  3. Your spayed female won't go into heat.
    Besides preventing unwanted litters, neutering your male companion prevents testicular cancer, if done before six months of age.
  4. Your male dog won't want to roam away from home.
    An intact male will do just about anything to find a mate! That includes digging his way under the fence and making like Houdini to escape from the house. And once he's free to roam, he risks injury in traffic and fights with other males.
  5. Your neutered male will be much better behaved.
    Neutered cats and dogs focus their attention on their human families. On the other hand, unneutered dogs and cats may mark their territory by spraying strong-smelling urine all over the house. Many aggression problems can be avoided by early neutering.
  6. Spaying or neutering will NOT make your pet fat.
    Don’t use that old excuse! Lack of exercise and overfeeding will cause your pet to pack on the extra pounds—not neutering. Your pet will remain fit and trim as long as you continue to provide exercise and monitor food intake.
  7. It is highly cost-effective.
    The cost of your pet's spay/neuter surgery is a lot less than the cost of having and caring for a litter. It also beats the cost of treatment when your unneutered tom escapes and gets into fights with the neighborhood stray!
  8. Spaying and neutering your pet is good for the community.
    Stray animals pose a real problem in many parts of the country. They can prey on wildlife, cause car accidents, damage the local fauna and frighten children. Spaying and neutering packs a powerful punch in reducing the number of animals on the streets.
  9. Your pet doesn't need to have a litter for your children to learn about the miracle of birth.
    Letting your pet produce offspring you have no intention of keeping is not a good lesson for your children—especially when so many unwanted animals end up in shelters. There are tons of books and videos available to teach your children about birth in a more responsible way.
  10. Spaying and neutering helps fight pet overpopulation.
    Every year, millions of cats and dogs of all ages and breeds are euthanized or suffer as strays. These high numbers are the result of unplanned litters that could have been prevented by spaying or neutering.


What age should I have my pet spayed or neutered?

Many variables affect what age your pet should be spayed or neutered, such as breed, size, personality, health concerns, and lifestyle. Our veterinarians will be happy to discuss your particular pet's situation at their wellness exam appointment. 

As a general rule we recommend the following:

  • Male and female cats: 6 months of age
  • Toy, small, and medium breed (<45 lb mature weight) male and female dogs: 6 months of age
  • Large and giant breed male dogs: at skeletal maturity, usually 9-15 months of age (or longer for giant breeds) but temperament (aggression and dominance), ability to roam (looking for females to breed, risk of being hit by cars while roaming), and other factors such as genetics and breed should be considered. 
  • Large and giant breed female dogs: the general recommendation is to have your female spayed between her first and second heat cycles (usually 6-12 months of age but can be longer depending on breed). This allows for more skeletal growth prior to surgery, while still spaying in time to reduce her risk of mammary cancer, unwanted pregnancy, and uterine infection. 


For more information see the following:

https://www.aaha.org/your-pet/...

https://www.aspca.org/pet-care...

Here's a great link to common spay and neuter myths:

https://www.cesarsway.com/spay...


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October is spay/neuter month each and every year! Help us control the unwanted pet population by spaying and neutering your pets. Stayed tuned for details or contact us for more information. 

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