Facts of Life/Spay and Neuter

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 4-8 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 6-12 months (depending on the breed of your dog).
  • 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!

Common Myths

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. 

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