Why Spay Neuter
What is Spay Neuter?
"Spay" refers to the sterilization of a female dog or cat. "Neuter" refers to the sterilization of a male dog or cat, although sometimes it is used to refer to female pets as well. Sterilization is accomplished by the removal of reproductive organs via surgery.
Why Spay Neuter?
10 years ago, there were upwards of 5 million dogs and cats being killed in shelters across the U.S. simply due to the lack of homes. Today, due to the work of so many across the country, we have closer to 500,000 dogs and cats being euthanized due to lack of space. This is tremendous progress, however, anyone who has shared their lives with a dog or cat, knows that even 1 animal euthanized is 1 too many.
When to Spay Neuter?
In the past decade, there have been numerous research studies documenting both benefits and risks associated with spaying and neutering dogs at various ages. We know that sterilized dogs live longer. We also know that spaying a female dog prior to her first heat cycle significantly decreases the incidence of mammary carcinoma (a common form of cancer) and pyometras (a common infection of the uterus). However, in some large breeds, early sterilization appears to have a greater incidence of certain orthopedic conditions and may have a higher incidence of some immune diseases and certain cancers. Therefore, it’s important to make an informed decision based on sex, breed, current medical knowledge, lifestyle and environment. We recommend talking this over with your veterinarian or call us to discuss your individual circumstances.
We are able to spay/neuter dogs between 8 weeks to 7 years of age.
We, at Spay Neuter Vets, in conjunction with the Veterinary Task Force on Feline Sterilization, the American Veterinary Medical Association, the American Animal Hospital Association, the American Association of Feline Practitioners and the Association of Shelter Veterinarians, support the recommendation to spay/neuter cats before 5 months of age. Some of the benefits of spaying/neutering cats before 5 months of age include decreased risk of mammary carcinoma, eliminating reproductive emergencies such as pyometra and dystocia, preventing unwanted litters (which can occur as early as 4 months of age), and potentially decreasing behavioral problems linked with cat relinquishment. Additionally, there is no scientific evidence that shows a medical or behavioral reason to delay sterilization surgery in cats past 5 month old. The Feline Fix by Five Months campaign has further educational information on the reasons behind this recommendation if you would like to learn more.
We are able to spay/neuter cats as early as 8 weeks or 2 pounds. We can also spay females in heat, post partum, lactating or pregnant.
Health Benefits of Spay Neuter
Your female pet will live a longer, healthier life. Spaying reduces uterine and ovarian cancer risk and prevents pyometra, a potentially life-threatening infection of the uterus. Most importantly, spaying helps prevent mammary tumors which are cancerous in about 50 percent of dogs and 90 percent of cats. Spaying your pet before her first heat will decrease the chance of developing mammary cancer later in life to near zero.
Behavior After Spaying and Neutering
The most dangerous behavior seen in intact males is their instinct to look for a mate, because it leads to animals running away as well as car accidents. Once neutered, your male dog will be less likely to roam away from home.