Spaying and Neutering
A spay or neuter surgery may be in the future for your puppy or kitten as a preventive measure against future health problems. We recommend these surgeries for most of our patients, taking time to consider their health history, breed, and size before moving forward. The safety of your pet is always our highest priority, and what may be best for another pet may not be the best for yours. Our veterinary professionals in Old Town believe strongly in personalized care for all of our patients, and we want to help you make the most informed decisions about your pet’s health.
What Can Spaying and Neutering Prevent?
One of the primary reasons for pet spay and neuter surgeries is for the prevention of pet overpopulation. This makes it easier for shelters and rescues to find permanent homes for animals currently in need. Pets can also benefit from spaying and neutering in the following ways:
- Prevents or reduces potential for aggressive behavior
- Prevents or reduces likelihood of marking and spraying
- Prevents likelihood of developing testicular cancer
- Prevents or reduces likelihood of roaming away to find a breeding partner
- Prevents or reduces likelihood of developing prostatitis or related problems
- Prevents spotting and heat cycle from taking place
- Prevents or reduces likelihood of roaming in search of a breeding partner
- Prevents likelihood of developing uterine cancer or pyometra (infected uterus)
- Prevents or reduces likelihood of developing mammary tumors
When to Spay or Neuter Your Pet
Most pets can be spayed or neutered at approximately 6 months of age, but this is not set in stone. Depending on the breed, size, and health history of your companion, they may need to wait an additional month or two, or until your veterinarian has determined that it will be safe to perform the surgery. Once your pet has been examined and undergone routine diagnostics, we can help you set a date for the procedure.