Reasons to Consider Spaying or Neutering Your Pet

Reasons to Consider Spaying or Neutering Your PetWithin the United States, it is estimated that nearly 80% of family pets are spayed or neutered. If you recently added a pet to your family, you may have been asked if you plan to spay or neuter. There can be many questions regarding the process and why you should consider it for your pet’s wellbeing. This month, we would like to share some of the reasons you should consider spaying or neutering your pet.

Spaying and Neutering

Spaying is a surgical procedure that involves removing a female animal’s reproductive organs to prevent reproduction. This procedure involves removing her ovaries and occasionally the uterus as well. In many cases, the female may no longer experience a heat cycle.

Neutering refers to the surgical procedure performed to prevent a male dog from being able to reproduce. This procedure, also known as castration, involves removing the testicles and other associated reproductive organs.

When Can I Spay or Neuter My Pet?

You can have your pet spayed or neutered at almost any point in their life. However, the American Animal Hospital Association, or AAHA, recommends that most dogs and cats be spayed or neutered around 5 to 6 months of age. For larger or giant breeds, pet owners should wait until their pet is finished growing around 9 to 15 months of age.

For rabbits, females can be spayed around the age of sexual maturity around 6 months of age while males can be neutered once the testicles descend.

It is important to note that each pet is unique, your vet will conduct a thorough physical examination and discuss when treatment is ideal for your pet.

Benefits of Treatment

You can increase your pet’s chance of living a long and healthy life. Spaying or neutering your pet can reduce their risk of developing serious health conditions such as mammary cancer, pyometra, testicular cancer, and prostate problems.

In some cases, treatment may also reduce the frequency of unwanted behaviors such as urine-marking, roaming for females in heat, mounting, and lower levels of aggression. However, treatment is not a cure for behavioral problems and is not proven to eliminate these behaviors or change their behavior.

If you wish to prevent unwanted litters or help decrease the number of homeless animals in need, then spaying or neutering can be an ideal treatment option.

Your Decision

We are dedicated to helping you ensure your pet lives a happy and healthy life as such as we cannot make a blanket recommendation. Instead, we are here to help you navigate your pet’s health plan and make an educated decision about how best to care for them. Just like you, your pet has his or her quirks, personality, and needs so their care must be customized to suit their health and your family’s lifestyle. For more information on spaying and neutering or to schedule an appointment, contact Veterinary Sports Rehab & Integrative Wellness today.

CONTACT US

Vet Sports Rehab and Dr. Adams
Entrance Behind Family Wellness Center
3560 S. Bannock St., Englewood, CO 80110


Appointments Monday through Friday
Monday: 8:30 am – 6:30pm
Tuesday: 8:30 am – 6:30pm
Wednesday: 8:30 am – 6:30pm
Thursday: 8:30 am – 6:30pm
Friday: 9:00 am – 1:00pm

Services provided include western and eastern examinations, lab work, ultrasounds, animal chiropractic, acupuncture, laser, medications, herbs, supplements , PRP and stem cell treatments. At this time x-rays and major surgeries are not available but will be in the future. If you have questions or your pet needs to be seen before the first available appointment please contact Dr. Adams at adamsdvm@protonmail.com and someone will get back to you during business hours. If you leave message during the week within 24 hours, during the weekend or holidays you will be contacted on the next business day.

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