Spaying/Neutering Your Pet

Why spay your female dog, cat, or rabbit?

Spaying is beneficial to your pet in many ways. You will eliminate the risk of unwanted pregnancies and the mess associated with the heat cycle. Spaying, especially if done early, will dramatically reduce the risk of mammary cancers and will eliminate the risk of cancers associated with the reproductive system. Cancers of the reproductive system are especially common in older rabbits. Spaying will eliminate the risk of pyometra, a life-threatening infection of the uterus. Spaying your pet will decrease hormone-related behaviors like fighting and urine marking.

Why neuter your male dog, cat, or rabbit?

Neutering will help to prevent unwanted litters of puppies, kittens, and bunnies that add to the pet overpopulation problem in our shelters. It will reduce hormone-related problems like aggression, urine marking, and roaming. In male cats it will decrease the smell of the urine. Neutering will eliminate the risk of testicular cancer and will decrease the risk of the pet developing an enlarged prostate as he ages.

What age can I spay or neuter my pet?

We recommend spaying and neutering between 4-6 months of age. Don’t worry if your pet is already full-grown since healthy dogs, cats, and rabbits can be spayed or neutered at any age. Your doctor will recommend testing to detect problems that may affect your pet’s condition under anesthesia, especially in older pets.

Will spaying or neutering change my pet’s personality?

Spaying and neutering may decrease aggressive tendencies but does not otherwise change your pet’s personality. Your pet will not become “lazy” after the surgery. Pets that have been spayed or neutered may have lower calorie requirements, however, so your veterinarian may recommend reducing the amount of food fed if your pet is getting overweight.

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