Millions of lost and stray cats and dogs are destroyed every year because they're unwanted, and there's something every pet owner can do to reduce these numbers significantly -- spay or neuter their pet. At Animal General in New York City, we recommend spay & neuter procedures for every one of our pet patients. Not only does it prevent unwanted litters, but spaying and neutering can eliminate the dangers of a variety of deadly diseases.
All About Spay & Neuter
Spay & neuter procedures are minor surgeries designed to remove the reproductive organs of pets. After a couple of days' recovery, your pet will only have one lingering result -- they won't be able to produce offspring. This simple sterilization method prevents your female pets from becoming pregnant and your male pets from causing pregnancy.
This is only one of the results of these procedures, though. Pets who have been sterilized no longer have reproductive organs, so they aren't in any danger of developing uterine cancer, testicular cancer, malignant breast tumors, some prostate problems, and some uterine infections. In general, pets that are spayed or neutered live years longer than their intact counterparts. Part of this is due to the health benefits, while part can be tied to the fact that neutered male dogs are much less likely to roam away from home. Dogs and cats that no longer get into fights with other animals or run across roads naturally live a longer and happier life.
When Should My Veterinarian Spay or Neuter My Pet?
In most cases, our team of veterinarians will spay or neuter dogs between six and nine months of age, although we can do it as early as eight weeks, as long as the pup weighs at least two pounds. These procedures aren't just for younger dogs and puppies. If you've adopted or rescued an older dog, it's a great idea to have them undergo the procedure as soon as possible. Older dogs have longer recovery times from these procedures, just like with any surgery, but the effects are just the same.
We can sterilize kittens as young as eight weeks old, in order to prevent the spraying habit from ever starting and to also prevent unwanted early pregnancy. It's best if we spay or neuter cats before they're five months old for these reasons, although we can do it at any age.
Contact Our New York City Office
Spaying and neutering is just one part of keeping your dog or cat healthy and giving them a long and happy life. To make an appointment for your pet's procedure, give us a call at (212) 501-9600. We'll schedule a consultation right away.