Spay and Neuter

When you have your pet spayed or neutered, you can expect to increase their quality of life as well as your own. Your pet receives numerous medical and behavioral benefits, and you’ll benefit from their good health. Since your pet will be less likely to wander off looking for a mate, they’ll be less likely to become lost or injured. After spay and neuter surgery, many other behavioral concerns are less likely as well. The best time for your pet to undergo this essential procedure is determined on a case-by-case basis. Schedule a consultation for your puppy or kitten right away. Then, they’ll be sure to reap maximum benefits.

A General Timeline

Unless you plan on breeding your pet, you should expect to have your cat or dog spayed or neutered in their first year of life. If you have a young puppy or kitten, please schedule a wellness visit. At this time, we administer essential vaccines, schedule boosters to follow, and discuss the best time to spay or neuter your pet. We keep your pet’s lifestyle, breed, and size in mind when we determine when your pet should undergo the procedure. It may be important to spay your female pet before their first heat cycle. In any case, we recommend most pets be spayed or neutered by six months.

The Benefits

Spaying or neutering your pet ensures you won’t contribute to animal overpopulation. In turn, you help control animal homelessness. Sadly, more pets are housed in animal shelters than can be adopted. Aside from helping control animal overpopulation, having your pet spayed or neutered imparts several benefits. Certain medical benefits are significantly less likely and worrisome behavioral concerns are curtailed.

Female pets receive numerous benefits when they’re spayed:

  • Breast tumors are less likely to occur.
  • Any chance of ovarian and uterine cancer is eliminated.
  • They eliminate their chances for unwanted pregnancies.
  • They are less likely to roam.
  • Urine spraying behavior is less likely.

Male pets receive numerous benefits when they’re neutered:

  • Prostate problems are less likely to occur.
  • Any chance for testicular cancer is eliminated.
  • Mounting behavior is reduced or eliminated.
  • They are less likely to roam.
  • Urine spraying behavior is less likely.


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