The Best Time to Spay & Neuter

May 26, 2013 in Aerowood Animal Hospital

The best time to spay or neuter a dog or cat is at six months of age. At this age, the pet is mature enough to cope with the surgery and, in the case of females, young enough to avoid the first heat. Six months is also the optimal age for preventing cancers that can occur later in life. Spaying and neutering is an effective procedure that removes the reproductive organs to prevent pregnancy. This procedure is inexpensive and safe. With proper medication, the surgery causes minimal discomfort. Most pets are back to normal the next day and never miss a beat. Make an appointment for the procedure while you are getting your vaccines done. If you have a pet who is older than six months, simply have the pet spayed or neutered as soon as possible. Any pet that is fit enough for the surgery is a good candidate for this procedure.

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