We recommend spaying and neutering between
6-15 MONTHS OLD
based on your pet's specific breed and estimated size. there are medical benefits to having your dog or cat spayed or neutered at the appropriate age. Speak to your World of Animals veterinarian who will be happy to discuss the ideal age for your pet.
Spaying and neutering your pets comes with a myriad of health and behavioral benefits that allow them to live longer, happier lives. Some of the benefits of spaying and neutering your pets include:
Spaying and Neutering FAQs
Is it wrong to deprive an animal of its ability to reproduce?
Quite the opposite. It’s wrong to let these animals give birth to unwanted offspring only so they will be euthanized because there aren’t enough responsible homes willing to take them in.
Should my female pet have at least one litter before being spayed?
No, a female pet who even goes into heat—let alone has a litter—before being spayed has significantly worse health prospects than one who was neutered as early as possible. That said, animals can still benefit from spaying after this window has passed.
What if I find homes for my pet’s litters? Does this mean I won’t contribute to animal homelessness?
No. The number of homes that want pets is limited, and thus whenever you find a home for your pet’s offspring, you take that home away from an animal already at a shelter.
Will Neutering change my pet's personality?
By the time we neuter animals, testosterone has already created permanent changes in your pet’s brain structure. Your pet’s identity as a male is firmly established. No matter what happens to his sexual organs, your pet can be equally affectionate, engaged, laid-back, or aggressive (except for dog-on-dog aggression, which neutering does lower).
What should I expect during my appointment?
Before we can begin, Pre-Anesthetic blood work is required. This will check the status of the kidneys and liver. Because the kidneys and liver are responsible for filtering the anesthesia out of the bloodstream, a problem with either of these major organs might pose a threat to your pet’s safety during surgery. These problems may be asymptomatic, invisible until revealed by the blood work, and can affect even young pets.
After the blood work confirms that we can safely proceed, your pet will be given an injection for sedation. During this time, an IV catheter will be placed to allow for fast and easy drug administration in the case of an emergency. One of our trained veterinary technicians will perform surgical monitoring. This entails the technician keeping the surgeon informed about important factors; such as the patient’s temperature, blood pressure, respiration, oxygen level, and heart rate.
After the surgery is complete, your pet will be put in a recovery area. The patient will be given pain relief medication and diligently observed until he or she is awake. At World of Animals, we recommend your pet wear an Elizabethan collar (cone) at home to prevent licking at the incision and continuing medication for the pain. In the two weeks following the procedure, your pet will need to be well-rested, and activity that is unnecessary should be limited.