Why Your Pet Should Undergo a Spay and Neuter Surgery

Spay and neuter surgeries are important for any pet who does not have a future in breeding. They involve removing the testes in male pets and the uterus and ovaries in female pets to prevent unwanted litters. Additionally, spay and neuter surgeries have many long-lasting benefits for your pet’s health and behavior.

At The Village Vets of Buckhead, we perform safe, timely surgeries to maximize these benefits.

Spay and Neuter Surgery in Atlanta: Vet Carrying Puppy

Appropriate Timing for Every Pet

Not all pets are on the same schedule for their spay and neuter surgeries. While 6 months old is the general recommendation, some pets benefit more from an earlier surgery, while others benefit from a later one. Female pets, especially kittens, have the smallest risk of mammary tumors if spayed before their first heat cycle, which may start as early as 4 months old. Therefore, we recommend an early spay for female kittens and puppies.

On the other hand, larger breed dogs need their reproductive hormones to control their growth spurts. They may need to wait to have surgery until they are fully grown at 12-18 months old.

Spay and Neuter Surgery in Atlanta: Dog Waiting In Exam Room

What Are All the Benefits?

Both genders of cats and dogs of every breed benefit from spay and neuter surgery. Some of the benefits include:

Females

  • Less desire to roam to find a mate (which often leads to more escapes)
  • Less likely to practice urine-marking behavior
  • Reduced risk of developing mammary gland tumors
  • No risk of pyometra (a serious uterine infection)
  • No risk of ovarian or uterine cancers

Males

  • Less desire to roam to find a mate (which often leads to more escapes)
  • Reduced risk of developing prostate problems
  • Less likely to practice urine-marking behavior
  • Less likely to practice mounting behavior
  • No risk of testicular cancer

Schedule an appointment today to discuss spay and neuter options for your new puppy or kitten.

The Village Vets – Buckhead

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