Spay and Neuter in Lake City, FL
Because we are so dedicated to our community and all of the pets who share it with us, we’re strong advocates for spay and neuter procedures. Spaying and neutering is a matter of animal health and public health, and it benefits both by keeping stray populations down and reducing crowding in shelters, and by helping more animals find permanent homes. Thanks to greater spay and neuter efforts throughout the country, fewer animals are being euthanized each year in shelters. However, we want to continue to support the animals of our community and educate pet parents about making the best choices for their cherished pets.
Spay and neuter procedures are an important part of every pet’s early development and life-long health.
The Key Health Benefits of Spaying and Neutering Pets
How do spay and neuter surgeries benefit our individual pets, aside from preventing pregnancies? Both males and females can experience better health (and behavior) as a result of being spayed and neutered.
- Are much less at risk for different types of cancer, including breast cancer and uterine cancer
- Will no longer be at risk for pyometra, an infection of the uterus that can be life-threatening
- Will no longer have their messy and disruptive heat cycle
- Should have less tendency towards hormone-driven behaviors such as roaming to find a mate and whining/barking or caterwauling
- Are significantly less at risk for prostate cancer
- Will no longer be at risk for testicular cancer
- Will be less likely to engage in disruptive behaviors such as roaming to find a mate, humping, and spraying
- Are also less likely to be aggressive around other dogs/cats
When to Spay and Neuter
A majority of dogs and cats can be safely spayed/neutered at 6 months of age. For very large dog breeds, however, it is usually best to wait until they are closer to a year old. Larger breeds like Great Danes, Newfoundlands, and Mastiffs need more time for their bones and joints to grow properly, and this growth is connected to their hormones. Spaying or neutering too soon could affect their joint development.