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Pet Care 101: Why and When to Spay or Neuter Your Puppy or Kitten

The topic of pet spay/neuter procedures continually creates buzz. What are the benefits of spaying or neutering your pet? When is the optimal age to spay/neuter? Is the procedure the right choice for my pet?


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There are numerous benefits to having your pet spayed or neutered, most importantly:

  • Prevention of diseases
  • Improved behavior
  • Reducing the number of unwanted pets in shelters


Spaying/neutering your pet can help your pet live a longer, healthier life by preventing potentially life-threatening illnesses such as:

  • Breast cancer
  • Uterine infections
  • Testicular cancer


Additionally, behaviors such as heat cycles, territory marking, aggression, and the urge to roam can be significantly improved by altering your pet.


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These procedures also help the community by reducing the number of unwanted animals in shelters and on the streets. The spay/neuter approach is also highly cost-effective when compared to the cost of providing for a litter, treating illnesses and caring for your pet if they are hurt while roaming.


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The industry standard recommends that your pet undergo this surgical procedure by the time they have reached 6 months of age, however, every pet is different. It is important to discuss your options with your veterinarian to determine the best plan for your pet.


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