Spaying and neutering your pet is one of the best things you can do for them. There are many misconceptions about when the right time is to spay
or neuter them. We recommended spaying or neutering starting at 3 months of age, and feel that it should be done by 6 months of age.
One of the misconceptions that we commonly hear is that someone thought they needed to wait until 2 years of age to have the procedure done. This is not at all true. In fact, the longer the procedure
is put off, the greater their chance is of getting cancer and having behavioral problems.
Another common misconception is that it is good to let females have a litter of puppies or kittens before spaying them, or that letting them nurse will decrease their risk of developing mammary
cancer. This is also a false statement. In no way is this beneficial for your pets future. Breeding animals is a HUGE responsibility. You have to be ready to take on the risk of your pet ending up
with a pyometra (which will lead to and emergency surgery), difficulty during labor (which may mean your pet will have to have a C-section), the possibility of the mother not producing enough
milk, or having too many puppies to nurse on her own, leaving you to hand feed, which also has dangers of its own.
For male dogs, the misconception is that it is cruel to take away their "manhood." Neutering your pet will eliminate or greatly reduce their urine marking tendancies. Look at your pets point of view!
Wouldn't it be embarassing if you had this overwhelming need, that you cannot control, to urinate on everything? Your male pet may also be more likely to wander away from home in order to
satisfy his urges, which will likely lead him to the local shelter (a place no dog wants to visit) or may cause him to get hit by a car. Also, it will decrease their risk of developing prostate
and testicular cancer.
Many people are concerned that by spaying and neutering their pet it will change their personality or make them less playful. This is also not true. In fact, you pet will likely be more happy after
their procedure due to the fact that they will not have any major hormone rushes. Males have a tendancy to become more aggressive as a result of having too much testosterone in their system. Females
may experience behavioral changes during their heat cycles as a result of an increase in estrogen, causing them to become irritable and overly express their need for dominance.
Also, it's never too late to spay and neuter your pet. Whether they are 3 months of age, or 7 years of age, having them spayed and neutered is still the best decision.
If you have any questions or need more information about spaying and neutering your pet, please call us and we would be happy to answer any quesions or discuss any concerns you have.