Pet Spay & Neuter

Spay and neuter surgery is one of the most common surgeries pets undergo — and for good reason. It is highly beneficial for not only the health of your cat or dog but also for controlling pet overpopulation. Far too many otherwise healthy pets from unwanted litters are euthanized due to overcrowded shelters. With spay and neuter surgery, you can help curb that trend. Additionally, the surgery boasts many health benefits that can help your pet live a longer, healthier life.

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What are the Benefits of Spaying/Neutering My Pet?

Spay and neuter surgery benefits your pet in several ways, both physically and behaviorally. Here are some key benefits:

  • Neutered dogs and cats are much less inclined to try to escape in search of a mate.
  • Spayed dogs and cats no longer experience heat cycles, which can be frustrating for your pet (and you, too!).
  • Neutered cats and dogs no longer exhibit urine marking or mounting behaviors, and are usually less aggressive.
  • Spayed cats and dogs have a significantly reduced risk of developing mammary gland tumors later in life, a diagnosis that can often be fatal.
  • Neutered dogs and cats have a reduced risk of developing prostate problems.
  • Spayed dogs and cats can no longer develop uterine, ovarian, or cervical cancers, or pyometra, a serious uterine infection.
  • Neutered cats and dogs have no chance of developing testicular cancer.

Fluctuating the Timeline to Meet Your Pet’s Best Interests

Spays and neuters are typically recommended for pets at 6 months of age. However, this timeline can fluctuate based on a variety of factors, such as your pet’s breed. For instance, we may elect to spay kittens or female dogs as early as 4 months of age in order to further reduce their chance of developing mammary gland tumors. Meanwhile, large breed dogs are usually better off with a later surgery, because their reproductive hormones play an important role in controlling their growth rate.

When you bring in your puppy or kitten for their first appointment, we’ll discuss their options and determine the best time frame for their surgery. Call us today at 802-773-2779!

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