What is Spaying?
Spaying your cats or dogs refers to the surgical procedure performed to remove the ovaries and uterus of female dog and cats. Spaying your cats or dogs not only keeps them from reproducing unwantedly, but also has positive health implications that have proven to be beneficial to your pet's health.
Female dogs and cats should be spayed before their first heat cycle. The reason for this is twofold. One, there is no chance of them getting pregnant and reproducing. This helps by not creating additional unwanted animals that end up in shelters or as strays on the street.
Secondly, if our pets are spayed before their first heat cycle, you decrease their chances of developing breast cancer later in life by as much as 90%. So, if you are planning to spay your pet at some point in their lives anyway, then it is important to realize that it is to their benefit if you can have the procedure completed before their first heat. Most small dogs and cats come into heat for the first time when they are around 6 months old. Larger dogs may not come into heat for the first time until they are 7 to 8 months old. But expect any time after 6 months is as a possibility for your pet's first heat.
Because of this, we recommend spaying your cats or dogs at 5½ to 6 months.
Female dogs and cats over the age of 7 who have not been spayed are at a very high risk of uterine infection, or "PYOMETRA". This infection is a life-threatening illness whose only effective treatment is emergency surgery to remove the uterus and ovaries. This is a very invasive surgery to treat a condition that is preventable.
What is Neutering?
Neutering your cats or dogs refers to the surgical procedure performed to remove the testicles of male dogs and cats. Neutering is also called castration.
Male dogs and cats may start to develop some undesirable behavior changes around puberty, such as inappropriate urination or "marking" of territory. It is not impossible to keep this from happening through training, but is definitely more effective to prevent such behavior than it is to correct once it starts.
Like their female counterparts, male dogs over the age of 7 who have not been neutered are at increased risk of prostate problems as well as testicular cancer. Benign prostatic hypertrophy is very common in older unneutered male dogs, and may actually interfere with urination and defecation.
We advise neutering at 6 months or when bad behavior starts to surface.
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