When Should I Spay or Neuter my Pet?

It’s a question we get asked every time we do a new puppy or kitten visit, “At what age should I spay or neuter my pet??” On this episode, Dr. Wendy shares her age recommendations to spay or neuter both cats and dogs, based on the latest veterinary research.

What’s the Difference Between “Spaying” and “Neutering” a pet?

Spaying and neutering are both medical procedures performed by a Veterinarian that are done to sterilize cats and dogs to prevent them from having kittens or puppies. The term “spaying” refers to the procedure that is done to female animals, while “neutering” is the corresponding procedure for males.

Spaying an animal involves taking out the uterus and ovaries, while male pets are neutered by removing the testicles.

Why Should I Spay or Neuter My Pet?

Unless you’re planning to breed your pet or he/she has an underlying medical condition that would prevent your Vet from spaying or neutering him or her, having your pet “fixed” is an important part of being a responsible pet owner. It not only helps keep pets safe from a number of medical issues, it also helps to reduce pet overpopulation. Every day, pets across Canada are euthanized (AKA “put to sleep”) because shelters don’t have enough space or resources to care for them. By spaying or neutering your pet, you’re helping to stop the problem.

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