Determining the Right Time for Spaying and Neutering

Determining the Right Time for Spaying and Neutering

Spaying and neutering is a surgical process removing the parts responsible for reproduction in pets - the uterus and both ovaries for the female and the testes for the male.

But really, when is the right time to spay or neuter your pet?

Spaying and neutering will have many medical and behavioral benefits for your pet, including the following:

"Spaying your pet can help prevent uterine infections and breast tumors which have a greater risk of developing into cancerous tumors."

A longer and healthier life. Spaying your pet can help prevent uterine infections and breast tumors which have a greater risk of developing into cancerous tumors. Spaying before your pet goes into her first heat can be the best protection from it. While neutering, on the other hand, prevents some prostate problems and testicular cancer in your male pet.

Your female pet will no longer go into heat. Spaying will prevent your female pet from going into heat. While in heat and in an effort to attract males, your pet will be urinating more frequently all over the house! Talk about a messy disaster! Spaying also prevents unwanted pregnancies, saving you from the burden and expenses of raising a litter you didn't plan for.

Your male pet will no longer escape and roam away from home. If he is not neutered, your male pet will be so attracted to the smell of a female in heat and he will find all the means to escape the house, find the female with the hopes of being able to mate. This can be dangerous for your male pet since he can be injured in the road with cars and can get into fights with other animals.

WHEN IS THE RIGHT TIME TO SPAY OR NEUTER?

For dogs. The traditional age for spaying or neutering a dog is six to nine months because surgical and anesthetic techniques available require the animal to be at least six months of age to be able to undergo the procedure. But, as science and medicine advanced, dogs as young as six to eight weeks can be spayed or neutered as long as they are healthy. Adult dogs can also be neutered but there is a little risk for post-operative complications especially for obese dogs and senior dogs

For cats. It is considered safe to spay or neuter kittens at six weeks old and best to schedule your pet cat to undergo surgery before he or she reaches five months old (as kittens can get pregnant as young as five months old).

POST-OPERATIVE COMPLICATIONS

Post-operative complications after spaying or neutering can include:

Complications from anesthesia. Some dogs may be allergic to anesthesia especially when they had a surgery before and showed signs of sensitivity to it. If your dog has this, tell your veterinarian in advance before the surgery.

Infections. Licking and scratching of your pet's incision site is a common thing. And it leads to only one thing: Infection. Proper hygiene is one of the most important things to consider when handling your recovering pet. A dirty environment and a dirty pet's incision site are breeding grounds for bacteria and bacteria means infection! Clean the incision site everyday as directed by your veterinarian, check for swelling, discharge, sutures falling off & fever and use e-collars, Dog diapers or belly bands to prevent your pet from licking and scratching the incision site.

It is always best to consult your veterinarian so she can assess and evaluate your pet if he or she is fit enough to be spayed or neutered for a comfortable and safe recovery.

"The traditional age for spaying or neutering a dog is six to nine months because surgical and anesthetic techniques available require the animal to be at least six months of age to be able to undergo the procedure."

The Author:

Micka V.

Micka Virtudazo is a full-time content creator at Pet Parents who lives with thirteen adorable American Bullies and a Shih Tzu-Maltese mix named Gretel. She especially enjoys writing how-to articles as she feels through this she can connect to other pet parents on a more personal level.

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