Cat and Dog Neuter and Spay in Columbus, OH
Spay and neuter surgeries make our pets and the communities in which they live much healthier overall. At Easton Animal Hospital, we generally recommend that dogs and cats be spayed and neutered before they fully mature. In addition to helping to prevent unwanted pregnancies and litters, spay and neuter surgeries can also benefit your pet’s health by reducing their risk for certain reproductive diseases. Our team can answer all your questions about spay and neuter procedures, and we can also help you decide whether a spay/neuter is necessary for your four-legged family member.
The Benefits of Spaying and Neutering Dogs and Cats
Whether your pet is male or female, they can experience several benefits to their health as a result of being spayed/neutered.
- Can reduce your pet’s risk for reproductive diseases including breast cancer, ovarian cancer, and pyometra, a uterine infection
- May also reduce or prevent your cat or dog from trying to escape and go in search of a mate
- Eliminates the heat cycle, which can be very messy and disruptive
- Can reduce your dog or cat’s risk for reproductive diseases including testicular cancer, prostate cancer, and perianal gland tumors
- Can also reduce your male dog or cat from attempting to escape your home in search of a mate
- May reduce hormonal aggressiveness, especially when females in heat are nearby
- Can reduce or prevent instances of urine spraying, mounting, and other disruptive behaviors
When Should I Schedule a Spay and Neuter Surgery?
No two pets are alike, so not all dogs and cats will be spayed and neutered at the same age. For healthy kittens and puppies that are small to medium-sized breeds, we can spay or neuter at about 6 months. However, for larger dog breeds, we have found that it’s best to wait until your pet is roughly a year old. This ensures they’ve had enough time for their bones and joints to develop. Spaying or neutering them too soon could disrupt this growth and lead to deformities.
To consult with your vet about spaying and neutering, call us today at (614) 476-0000.