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When is the best time to spay or neuter?
The answer to that question has gotten a little more complicated in the past several years. We know that early spay and neuter (around 6 months of age) can offer many benefits (e.g., reducing the risk of pet overpopulation, minimizing or preventing certain cancers, and decreasing the likelihood of many behavioral issues). On the other hand, recent research suggests that allowing a dog to reach maturity – both physically and hormonally – may be advantageous for certain aspects of long-term health.
Ultimately, the decision on when to spay and neuter will depend on things such as breed, size, gender, behavior traits, lifestyle, family history, and level of risk. Our veterinarians can discuss these different factors with you. Together, we can make a decision that works best for your pet and your family.
What is involved with the procedure?
Overview: Spaying (female dogs) and neutering (male dogs) are considered routine surgical procedures that are performed under general anesthesia.
Pre-Surgical Blood work:
The Night Before / Morning Of Surgery:
Our staff is happy to answer any other questions you may have about your pet’s spay or neuter procedure. Feel free to give us a call!
Author: Dr. C. Noureddine, DVM, MS