Why Is It Important to Spay and Neuter Puppies and Kittens When They're Young?

Why Is It Important to Spay and Neuter Puppies and Kittens When They're Young?

Why Is It Important to Spay and Neuter Puppies and Kittens When They're Young?

Every year, thousands of otherwise healthy puppies and kitchens are euthanized because there is no one to adopt them.  Spaying or neutering your pet prevents unplanned litters and offers health benefits to your furry companion.  While spaying and neutering can be done at almost any age, it's best to have the procedure done when your pet is still young.  Spay & Neuter Orange County provides affordable sterilization services in the Laguna Niguel, Orange County, California area.  Here's why spaying and neutering are so important.

When Should I Spay or Neuter My Puppy or Kitten?

It's best to consult a vet before scheduling the procedure to ensure your pet doesn't have any health problems that could lead to post-operative complications.  Veterinarians usually recommend spaying kittens before their first heat, which can occur as early as 5 months of age.  Similarly, males should be neutered before they begin spraying urine all other your home to mark their territory.  As long as the animals are healthy, they can be sterilized as early as eight weeks, although puppies traditionally undergo the surgery between six to nine months of age.  Fully-grown dogs and cats can be spayed and neutered, too.

What Are the Benefits of Spaying or Neutering Puppies and Kittens?

Early spaying can prevent uterine cancers and breast tumors in dogs and cats.  These growths prove malignant or cancerous in half of dogs and almost all cats.  Neutering dogs can reduce their risk of prostate problems or testicular cancer. 

Looking out for your pet's reproductive health at an early age may head off behavior problems, too.  Female cats won't exhibit the yowling and frequent urination typically associated with being in heat.  Male puppies that are neutered may be less aggressive and less prone to wandering off, since they won't be searching for a mate.

Affordable Spaying and Neutering in Orange County

Residents of the Laguna Niguel, California area can access discounted spaying and neutering services for cats and dogs on the last Tuesday of each month at Spay & Neuter Orange County.  Appointments are necessary.  Contact us to learn more or schedule a visit.


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