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Neutering and Spaying

By April 17, 2015 No Comments

One of our most common questions is when and why to neuter or spay your pet. Find the answers here!

Pet owners have often heard they have to wait until their dogs or cats have to have heat, or wait until their pet is more then six months old to spay or neuter.

We actually recommend to spay or neuter between 4-5 months old. With each heat a female becomes more at risk of pyometra (infection of the uterus) and mammary tumors (breast cancer).

Your pet can also start unwanted behaviors if they are spayed or neutered before reaching sexual maturity.

Male cats often start spraying as young as six months old, and this behavior does not stop once it has been learned.

Female cats can come in to heat at six months and may roam, getting into fights, or inadvertently breed. Major studies have shown the recovery from surgery is quicker in pets less then six months old and there is no negative affect on their growth or development. Have your pet spayed or natured before six months old.