When Should I Spay My Pet?
Smaller pets should have the surgery done at 6 months of age. Pets who will weigh over 50 pounds as adults should wait until 7-8 months.
Performing the surgery prior to the first heat period is better for several reasons:
- The surgery is easier on a younger pet because the uterus and blood supply is less developed than in an adult.
- The risk of breast cancer in older females can be greatly diminished if the surgery is performed prior to the first estrus period.
- Prevents pyometra (infection of the uterus), a deadly problem seen in older, intact females.
- Unwanted pregnancies and problems with pet over-population can be avoided.
When Should I Neuter My Pet?
Males should have surgery at 6-9 months of age.
Neutering has many benefits, including:
- Makes your pet less likely to roam, which can prevent unwanted pregnancies and pet overpopulation, and reduce the risk of fighting or being injured from getting hit by cars, etc.
- Most neutered pets make better family companions.
- Reduced risk of prostate problems later in life.
- Reduced risk of fighting in tomcats, which are notorious for fighting with other males, leading to bite wounds, abscesses, and potential transmission of disease (Leukemia).
- Neutered cats are less likely to mark with urine.
Spay and neutering procedures are routine procedures for pets. However, we understand it can be daunting to place a pet under anesthesia. At CPAH, safe anesthesia is a priority. Our specially trained, certified veterinary technicians will monitor your pet during and after surgery. Learn more about pet anesthesia at CPAH.
All pets who receive inhaled anesthesia are given intravenous fluids to enhance blood flow and maintain blood pressure. This helps pets recover more quickly and allows us to more rapidly administer drugs in the event of an emergency. Learn more about IV fluids in pet surgery.
If you have any questions or concerns about your pet's procedure, please do not hesitate to contact us.