As a responsible pet owner, spaying or neutering your cat or dog is more often than not a good idea. While everyone loves large litters of puppies and kittens, this simple procedure will help you ensure the well being and happiness of your furry companion.
When is a good time to spay or neuter my pet?
Small breeds (<35lbs estimated adult weight)
- Female – spay at 7 months
- Male – caseration at 9 months
Large and medium breeds (35+lbs) – doctors will discuss the timing of the surgery.
There are some benefits to waiting until a year of age in larger breed dogs:
- Conformational differences ( in dogs refers solely to the externally visible details of a dog’s structure and appearance, as defined in detail by each dog breed‘s written breed standard.)
- Less joint problems
- Golden Retriever FEMALE only – reduced incidence of cancer (except breast)
What are the Risks of waiting until a year?
- Increased risk of breast cancer (3%-8%)
- Unwanted pregnancy
- Male Behavior Problems
Why should I have my pet neutered?
Animal shelters, both public and private, are faced with an incredible burden: What to do with the overpopulation of dogs and cats that they cannot find homes for? Approximately 3.7 million animals are euthanized at shelters each year, due to the sheer fact that there are not enough willing adopters. Having your pet spayed or neutered ensures that you will not be adding to this tremendous burden.
What are some of the health and behavioral benefits?
Through neutering, you can help your dog or cat live a happier, healthier, longer life. Spaying eliminates the constant crying and nervous pacing of a female cat in heat. Spaying a female dog also eliminates the messiness associated with the heat cycle.
Neutering of male dogs and cats can prevent certain undesirable sexual behaviors, such as urine marking, humping, male aggression and the urge to roam. If you have more than one pet in your household, all the pets will generally get along better if they are neutered.
A long-term benefit of spaying and neutering is improved health for both cats and dogs. 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.