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Spaying or Neutering Your Pet

 

Spaying or neutering your pet is the process of surgically rendering them incapable of reproducing.  Spaying is the term used for female animals, and neuter is generally used to refer to male animals, although neuter can be used to describe the procedure for both genders. 

 

Both procedures can be done safely as early as 8 weeks of age, though we recommend having the procedure done when your pet is five to six months old, when the animal is more physically developed.  Neutering your pet helps keep it healthy, and it helps reduce pet overpopulation.  Neutered pets are generall healtheir and can live longer, and are easier to care for.  You avoid the messiness that can be associated with a female in heat, and the undesireable behaviors (urine marking, humping, male aggression and the urge to roam) of many male animals.  In addition, If you have more than one pet in your household, all the pets will generally get along better if they are neutered.

 

There are also significant long term health benefits. Spaying females prior to their first heat cycle nearly eliminates the risk of breast cancer and totally prevents uterine infections and uterine cancer. Neutering males prevents testicular cancer and enlargement of the prostate gland, and greatly reduces their risk for perianal tumors.

 

 For detailed information on spaying, click here.

For detailed information on neutering, click here.