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“The right time to spay or neuter your cat or dog depends on your cat or dog! Let’s discuss your pet’s health and breed. Together we’ll make a decision that works for your family.” – Dr Rob Calabrese

We wish there was a hard and fast rule when spaying or neutering your pet, but there is no perfect age. Your pet’s health and breed, among other factors, determine the right time. 

What’s the right age to spay or neuter my pet?
Discuss this with your veterinarian. In general:
-Cats: before 5 months
-Dogs: between 6-18 months
We’ll discuss the topic with you and come up with the best plan for you and your pet. 

The benefits:
There are many reasons spaying or neutering your pet can help your pet. These include:
-Helping them live longer into their senior years.
Lowering aggressive behaviors that provoke your pet to roam the streets looking for a mate or fight with other animals and behavioral problems at home.
-Preventing uterine infections in pets (pyometra). It’s deadly when not found or treated immediately.
-Reducing the likelihood of female dogs from developing diabetes.
-Lowering the risk of prostate cancer in male dogs.
-Lowering the risk of prostatitis in male dogs.
-Reducing or eliminating cancers such as mammary, ovarian, testicular, skin tumors.
-Making cats less likely to contract feline leukemia virus (FeLV),   

What Are Common Myths about Spaying/Neutering Your Pet?
There are lots of varying opinions that come with spaying/neutering pets. Some common myths:
-Increases aggression
-Makes pets fat
-Will change your pet’s personality

Overall:
Spaying or neutering your pet is a 
safe procedure that has been practiced for years with minimal risk of complications.

In the end, it’s a personal choice that should be made with lots of thought, research, and consulting with a veterinarian.

Are you ready to discuss a plan for your pet’s spay/neuter? Give us a call!