There are a whole host of advantages to spaying/neutering your pet. It reduces the risk that your pet will develop certain diseases and curbs/prevents some unwanted behaviours.
How does spaying/neutering work?
Spaying female animals entails completely removing the uterus and ovaries during a procedure known as an ovariohysterectomy. In males, the operation is known as neutering (or castration) and involves removing their testicles. Both surgical procedures are done under general anaesthesia, and therefore require a pre-surgical examination.
What are the benefits of spaying/neutering?
Getting your pets spayed or neutered reduces the risks that they will develop certain diseases and genital tract tumours. Neutering males decreases urine marking and certain aggressive behaviours. Spaying females stops them from going into heat.
When should my pet get spayed or neutered?
Cats can be spayed or neutered at 3 months old if they weigh at least 3 lb. We also recommend waiting until your kitten has received all of its core vaccinations. In general, cats are spayed/neutered around 6 months.
For dogs, the most recent studies have shown that it’s best to base the decision on factors like your pet’s sex, weight, size, breed and developmental stage rather than on their age. Small dogs develop quicker and can typically be spayed/neutered earlier than larger breeds. Speak with your veterinarian to determine the best time to get your pet spayed or neutered.