Spay and Neuter for Dogs and Cats in East Lansing
Puppies and kittens grow up quick. One day they fit in the palms of your hands and the next they’re running the length of your house. Since spay and neuter for dogs and cats is essential to combating animal overpopulation and for the betterment of each pets wellness, it is something most responsible owners have their pets undergo. Still, you may be wondering when your pet is ready to be spayed or neutered. While the exact time individual puppies and kittens should be spayed or neutered varies from one to the next, the six-month mark is a good timeframe. Schedule a wellness exam at our East Lansing animal hospital ASAP for newly adopted pets whether they’re still little or full-grown adults.
Spaying Your Female Dog or Cat
Besides preventing unwanted pregnancies, spaying your female dog or cat imparts several valuable benefits. Unspayed female pets are at higher risk for a host of medical conditions, including cancer and infections. The chances for ovarian, and breast cancer are markedly decreased in spayed pets. Additionally, unspayed female dogs are at risk for pyometra, a serious condition requiring emergency surgery, later in life. Unless you plan to use your female pet for breeding, you should spay before your pet’s first heat cycle. It’s important to remember that heat cycles can vary depending on the size of pets and their rate of maturity.
Neutering Your Male Dog or Cat
The same as female pets receive valuable benefits from being spayed, male dogs and cats receive their own from being neutered. The chances of developing testicular cancer are eliminated altogether and potential prostate problems are significantly reduced. Furthermore, behaviors that can pull you and your pet apart are reduced. The mating instinct in in-tact pets drives them to roam and increases their chances of becoming lost or injured. Plus, neutered pets are less likely to engage in urine marking and mounting behaviors.
Schedule a Spay or Neuter Consultation
If you have a puppy or kitten, it’s ideal to schedule a consultation during the first two months of their life. This gives us time to administer necessary vaccines and perform a full health check in addition to scheduling a dog or cat spay or neuter surgery. We look forward to helping you and your four-legged friend! Call to schedule or request an appointment online today.