When bringing a new puppy or kitten home, there are many decisions you’ll need to make to keep them healthy. Feeding the right diet, training them, having them vaccinated—the list goes on and on. One of the most important decisions you’ll make is the decision to spay/neuter. At All-Star Veterinary Clinic in Westfield, we strongly recommend that you spay/neuter your puppy/kitten, due to the many benefits that are involved with these procedures. If you’ve never had a pet spayed or neutered before, consider the following list of frequently asked questions to learn more:
Why Should I Have My Pet Spayed/Neutered?
- Spaying eliminates the heat cycle and related behaviors (crying, pacing, etc.) in females.
- When performed before the first heat cycle, spaying can eliminate the risk of breast cancer. It can also prevent uterine cancer and uterine infections.
- Neutering can eliminate aggression, marking, and other undesirable behaviors in males.
- Neutering reduces the risk for perianal tumors while preventing testicular cancer.
- Because spaying/neutering makes your pet unable to reproduce, these procedures can help reduce the pet overpopulation.
- With all things considered, you can help your pet live a healthier, longer, and happier life.
When Should My Pet Be Spayed/Neutered?
The answer to this question is dependent on your pet’s breed/size, but these procedures are typically performed within the first six months of a pet’s life. For some pets, we may recommend spaying/neutering at three months. Other pets can be safely spayed/neutered at up to 6 months of age.
What If I Want My Pet to Have a Litter?
Many pet owners want their pet to have puppies or kittens because of the “cuteness factor” or because they wish to sell them or give them away. Of course, what you choose to do with YOUR pet is entirely up to you, but it’s important to keep something in mind: Every pet that’s sold or given to someone takes the place of a pet awaiting a loving home at an animal shelter. Therefore, by spaying/neutering your pet, you could actually end up helping with the adoption efforts of shelters in your area.
How Can I Learn More?