Important Reasons to Spay Or Neuter Your Pet
Spaying your female pet (ovariohysterectomy):
- A surgical procedure to removal of the ovaries and uterus.
- Ideal age is 4-6 months (depending on the breed of your pet).
- If spayed before the first heat cycle your pet has less than 1% chance of developing mammary cancer later in life.
- Eliminates the risk of ovarian cancer, uterine cancer, and pyometra (uterine infections).
- Eliminates the risk of spreading sexually transmitted diseases
- Eliminates unwanted pregnancies.
Neutering your male pet (castration):
- A surgical procedure to removal of the testicles and spermatic cord.
- Ideal age is 4-6 months.
- Eliminates the risk of testicular cancer.
- Greatly reduces the risk of prostate cancer and prostatitis.
- Reduces the risk of perianal tumors (seen very commonly in intact older dogs).
- Reduces roaming and fighting with other males.
- Eliminates or reduces spraying or marking in males neutered before 6 months of age (before the onset of these behaviors).
- Eliminates the risk of spreading of sexually transmitted diseases.
- Eliminates unwanted puppies and kittens.
The Unfortunate Reality
More than 4 million pets are euthanized in U.S. shelters each year simply because they have no home. Many are puppies and kittens less than 6 months old. Help stop this needless loss of life. Spay and neuter your pets!
Spaying or neutering your pet does NOT:
- Cause laziness or hyperactivity.
- Reduce its instinct to protect your family and home.
- Cause immature behavior.
- Postpone or delay normal behavioral maturity.
- Alter your pet’s personality.
Our staff welcomes any questions you may have regarding spay or neuter procedures.