Spay & Neuter Questions

1. Why should I have my female dog/cat spayed?

Spaying is the best form of pet population control. In addition, it eliminates messy heat cycles and prevents unwanted litters of puppies/kittens. Another important reason to spay your pet is that spaying lowers the chance of certain cancers later in life, and it eliminates the risk of a life threatening condition called pyometra, in which the uterus becomes infected and the animal can become septic.

2. At what age can I have my female dog/cat spayed?

Spaying can be done at any age, although around six months is typically when we recommend spaying your pet.

3. Can my female dog/cat be spayed while in heat?

Yes, we can do the surgery while she is in heat, but this procedure takes  longer because the blood vessels are more engorged, so this can increase risk and make the cost of spaying higher as well.

4. Should I let my dog/cat have one litter?

Allowing your pet to produce a litter is a huge responsibility requiring plenty of time and money to properly care for a growing litter. Breeding your pet and raising a litter has its rewards, but if time and money are hard to come by, we recommend spaying your pet. Keep in mind costly emergency C-Sections are a possibility.  Speak with your Veterinarian before deciding to breed your pet

5. Why should I have my male dog/cat neutered?

Neutering the male helps control pet overpopulation. Neutering also helps prevent your pet from fighting with other males, decreases aggressiveness, and helps keep him at home. Another important reason to neuter your pet is that it lowers the chance of certain cancers later in life.

6. At what age can I have my male dog/cat neutered?

Neutering can be done at any age although six month is the earliest we recommend neutering your pet.

7. Will neutering decrease aggressiveness?

Neutering has been shown to decrease aggressiveness and make better pets.

8. If I neuter my cat will he stop spraying my furniture?

When a cat sprays, he is exhibiting the male tendency to mark his territory with urine. Neutering decreases his male hormones and makes him much less likely to exhibit this undesirable trait.