What is the spaying and neutering schedule for pets?

What is the spaying and neutering schedule for pets?

If you have adopted a pet, you probably already know that getting them spayed or neutered is something that you will need to arrange at some point in the future. This process, which involves the removal of the reproductive organs of your pet so that they can no longer go on to have babies, is one of the most common elective veterinary surgeries in the world. It is also extremely important for a variety of different reasons. 


Reasons to get your pet spayed/neutered


  • It can prevent your pet from becoming impregnating another animal or becoming pregnant themselves – something which carries its risks.


  • It is a small step towards reducing the huge overpopulation of animals living in shelters and other temporary accommodation, many of which are euthanized each year due to a lack of resources to pay for them. 


  • There are health benefits for your pet. In males, the risk of testicular cancer is eliminated, and prostate problems are significantly reduced. In females, various cancers are prevented including ovarian and uterine, and the risk of breast cancer is virtually eliminated. Uterine infections are also eliminated. 


  • There are also behavioral benefits. Males are less likely to roam away from home to look for a mate, spray urine to mark their territory and hump! Neutering may also help with aggression problems. Females may be less inclined to yowl and urine spray and will not experience the bleeding that comes with coming into heat.



What age can my pet be spayed/neutered?

Every animal is a little different and so although there are guidelines about the best ages to get your pet spayed/neutered, the advice for your creature may be different and it is advisable to obtain the advice of your vet. They will have your pet’s medical information and will be able to make the best recommendation. 



Spaying/neutering dogs

Advice from the America Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) suggests that, whilst the traditional age for neutering is six to nine months, healthy puppies can potentially be neutered as young as eight weeks old. There is also no upper age limit on when a dog can be spayed or neutered, but it is important to bear in mind that the risk of complications from the procedure will automatically increase with age, and particularly amongst older pets with health problems. 



Spaying/neutering cats

Similarly, most felines can be neutered as young as eight weeks old, and it is generally recommended that all cats are done by the time they reach sexual maturity at around five months old. Again, there is no upper age limit, but your veterinarian will take age and medical history into account when determining the risk factors for this procedure in later life. 


If your pet has not yet been spayed or neutered and you would like to make an appointment to discuss this important service, please call our offices and speak to our expert veterinary team. 

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