Your pet will be ready to be spayed or neutered between 5 and 6 months of age. There are many benefits to spaying/neutering. The first is that you can ensure that your pet will not be contributing to the pet overpopulation. According to the ASPCA, there are between 5-7 million dogs and cats entering humane and rescue shelters each year. Up to half of them are euthanized.

Other benefits include:

  • Reduced roaming behavior
  • Reduced territorial marking
  • Reduced aggression
  • Eliminates the risk of testicular cancer
  • Eliminates the risk if pyometra
  • Significantly reduces the risk of mammary tumors if done before the age of 2 years.
  • Eliminates the risk for uterine and ovarian cancer
  • Reduces the risk for cervical cancer.

Biggest benefit: inability to breed

Myth: It is better to have at least one litter before spaying your female dog
Fact: Medical evidence shows that female dogs spayed before their first heat cycle are healthier than those that are not.

Myth: “I want my dog to be protective”
Fact: It is in the natural instincts and genetic make-up of dogs to protect their family. It is not in their sex hormones.

Myth: They will get fat and lazy
Fact: The culprit for a pet getting fat and lazy is being fed too much and not get enough exercise.

Myth: Too expensive
Fact: Spay/neuter cost is relatively low compared to the cost of caring for multiple puppies and kittens for 8 weeks.