When to Have Your Pet Spayed or Neutered
The average age to spay and neuter pets is 5-6 months, but this is not the case for every dog and cat. Often, cats can be spayed or neutered a bit earlier, at 4 months. For large and extra-large dog breeds, it is usually best to spay and neuter at 9-12 months. Large dogs, such as Great Danes and St. Bernards, have a lot of growing to do. Spaying or neutering them before they have finished growing may affect their joint development, and cause other joint and mobility issues later.
Speak directly your veterinarian so they can help you choose the best time frame for spaying/neutering your pet.
How Spay and Neuter Surgeries Benefit Dogs and Cats
Spaying and neutering have a larger impact on the health of pets than you might realize, and the timing of the procedures is critical as well.
If performed at the proper time, spaying/neutering your pet can:
- Minimize their risk for mammary gland tumors (females)
- Prevent ovarian and uterine cancers from developing (females)
- Prevent the uterus itself from becoming seriously infected in a condition called “pyometra” (females)
- Put an end to your pet’s heat cycle for good (females)
- Minimize or prevent hormonal behaviors including roaming and vocalizing
- Minimize or prevent hormonal aggression (males)
- Prevent testicular tumors (males)
- Minimize or prevent hormonal behaviors such as roaming, vocalizing, urine marking and spraying, and mounting (males)
- Minimize the risk for prostate problems (males)