Spay and Neuter in Kittery, ME
Spaying and neutering dogs and cats is an effective way to prevent unwanted litters, and it can reduce stray population numbers, too. At Piscataqua Animal Hospital, we recommend spay and neuter surgeries based on our patients’ individual health and needs. Taking a case-by-case approach and exploring all possible options for your pet can increase their chances of staying healthier, longer.
Potential Health Benefits of Spaying/Neutering Your Pet
Spaying and neutering will not change your pet’s personality or cause them to gain weight. But it can provide some health and behavioral benefits, including:
- Less chance of becoming aggressive and agitated if a female in heat is nearby
- Less risk of developing prostate and testicular cancer
- Not as likely to try to escape and wander off in search of a mating partner, which could put them in harm’s way
- Less likely to exhibit disruptive behaviors, such as vocalizing, humping, and spraying
- No messy heat cycle
- Lower risk for mammary gland tumors, ovarian cancer, and uterine cancer
- Less likely to go roaming off in search of a mate, which could put them at risk for injury or lead to them getting lost
When to Spay and Neuter Dogs and Cats
There is no one-size-fits-all schedule for spaying and neutering pets. It’s important to speak with your veterinarian to find out when it’s best for your pet to undergo surgery. Generally, small and medium-sized dog breeds and cats can be spayed and neutered at around 6 months.
Our goal with spaying and neutering is to keep your four-legged family member healthy and minimize their disease risks as much as possible. Their overall condition, age, size, and breed all play a role in deciding when it’s appropriate for them to be spayed/neutered. To learn more, please give us a call at (207) 439-2661!