When to Spay or Neuter Your Pet

Spaying or neutering your pet has a lot of benefits for your pet, for your family, and for society at large. Thousands of pets are abandoned each year in America due to overbreeding. Responsible pet owners make sure that their pet is spayed or neutered in a timely manner. Here’s what you need to know about when to spay or neuter your pet.

Dogs

Most dogs can be spayed or neutered at about four to six months, although it can be done as young as eight weeks if your pet is healthy. As a general rule you want to make sure that your pet has been spayed or neutered before they reach sexual maturity. This occurs faster for smaller breeds than for larger breeds. If you are unsure about your dog’s breed and when it should be spayed or neutered, talk to your vet.

Cats

Cats can generally be spayed or neutered as early as eight weeks as long as they are healthy. There is no reason to put off this important procedure for your cat. Spaying and neutering your cat will make its behavior more tolerable as well as ensure that you do not have any surprises if your cat gets out of your home.

Other Pets

As a general rule, you should have a pet spayed or neutered before it reaches sexual maturity. This can vary for different types of animals. Rabbits, for example, can be spayed or neutered at about three to four months. If you are ever unsure about your pet’s sexual health, you should contact an experienced vet.

If you are interested in being a responsible pet owner and having your pet spayed or neutered, contact us today for more information or to schedule an appointment.

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