Spaying and neutering a dog or cat is a common practice in the United States. This procedure removes the reproductive organs so that neither a dog nor cat can produce a litter of puppies or kittens. Many owners wonder about the appropriate time to have their pet altered. Continue reading to learn the answer.
Between Eight Weeks and Six Months of Age
Veterinarians will spay or neuter dogs and cats when they are as young as eight weeks old. It is recommended that cats and dogs do not reach past six months of age before they are spayed or neutered. During this time, both cats and dogs may become sexually mature. They may also exhibit certain physical and personality changes that are frustrating to owners, such as spraying urine, aggression, and bleeding. It is best to spay or neuter an animal before these signs begin or shortly after they have started.
Following a Recent Pregnancy
Some owners may prefer to breed their dogs or cats, especially if they own purebred animals. Other owners may have found a pregnant animal or did not realize their pet had reached an age of sexual maturity. No matter the reason, to prevent further pregnancies, it is advised that female pets be spayed shortly after they have given birth and males be neutered shortly after they are eight weeks old.
Shortly After Rescuing a Stray Pet
In the event an animal was found on the street or with a rescue group, it should be spayed or neutered, if it has not been altered already. Rescuers should attempt to find the previous owners before any alteration is done. If no owners are found, then the stray dog or cat should be spayed or neutered before being adopted.
We at Horizon Animal Hospital offer all veterinary services, including spaying and neutering services in Scottsdale, AZ. Please call us at (480) 800-4559 to schedule a checkup or alteration appointment right away.