We recommend that all puppies and kittens get spayed (removal of uterus and ovaries in the female) or neutered (removal of the testes in the male) between 4 and 6 months of age.
Spaying and neutering helps to decrease the pet population and helps to make sure that your pet is healthier during their lifetime. Spaying and neutering does not cause obesity. Over feeding and inactivity cause obesity. Spaying and neutering does not cause your pet to be a different pet, however it will decrease the occurrence of negative behaviors such as marking, dominance, and roaming behaviors. Spaying and neutering also helps protect your pet against some forms of cancer and decreases the risk of other forms of cancer.
It is never best to allow your pet to go through one or two “cycles” or have a litter before spaying or neutering. This only serves to increase the risks your pet may experience when you do have your pet spayed or neutered, adds to the pet population, and causes more animals to be unnecessarily euthanized due to overpopulation.
Spaying and neutering are part of responsible pet ownership. Please call SouthPaw Animal Clinic if you have any questions regarding spaying or neutering your pet.