Spaying and neutering may help cats and dogs live longer and healthier lives and can eliminate or reduce the incidence of a number of health and behavior problems.
Spaying your female pet eliminates the possibility of uterine or ovarian cancer and greatly reduces the incidence of mammary gland tumors. It is not true that your female cat or dog will benefit from having one litter before she is spayed! In fact, spaying her before her first heat will reduce the risk of certain diseases.
Spaying your male pet eliminates the possibility of testicular and prostate cancers.
Most cats and dogs are able to reproduce by 6 months of age. Many veterinarians will spay or neuter an animal as young as two months of age, but as with any surgery, you should consult with your veterinarian to see if your puppy or kitten is old enough and healthy enough to be spayed or neutered.
- Your spayed female dog or cat will no longer go through heat cycles.
- Female dogs in heat may be more likely to show aggression to other females.
- Female cats in heat will typically “yowl” and urinate frequently.
- Neutering your male pet will reduce the breeding instinct and the behavior that goes along with it
- spraying or marking territory with urine
- aggressive behavior
- the drive to escape from your home and roam