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When Is It Time To Get My Pet Spayed or Neutered?

Spaying is the surgical removal of female reproductive organs of cats and dogs, while neutering refers to the removal of testicles in male pets. Difficult as it may seem, the decision to spay or neuter your pet has numerous benefits. Not only does it help to increase their lifespan, but it also reduces the chances of severe health issues and controls the population. Deciding when to spay your pet depends on its age, breed, and physical condition.


You are probably wondering whether it is too early or too late to spay or neuter your pet. Studies have shown that procedures for young pets have a lower risk of complication and faster recovery than fully grown pets. It is best to consult your vet concerning any medical procedure since each pet has different health circumstances and needs.


Small Breed Pets

Small breed pets should be spayed or neutered around five to six months. If the ideal weight of your adult pet is less than 22 pounds, it is considered a small breed. Female small breeds are spayed before their first heat, five to six months old, and small male breeds are neutered at six months.


Medium Breed Pets

Medium breed pets weigh between 25 to 45 pounds as adults. Both males and females in this category are spayed or neutered at six months. Waiting for your pet to attain skeletal maturity can pose risks associated with heat cycles. Consult with your veterinarian to find out what's best for your pet. 


Large Breed Pets

The large breed pets have an adult weight of over 45 pounds. It is recommended that they get spayed or neutered when their growth stops, typically around 9 to 15 months old. However, for females, additional factors such as your pet's disease risk are considered before the procedure. It is best to discuss the right window for your female pet, between 5 to 15 months.


Physical conditions also determine when to get your pet spayed or neutered. Recent research has shown that neutering and spaying affect growth, and spaying or neutering early prolongs bone growth resulting in taller pets. The increased length of time in which bones grow may affect how joints align, which is the primary concern. Therefore, consider your pet's best interest before spaying or neutering it.


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