There are many things to keep in mind when it comes to caring for a new puppy or kitten, but one of the most important is the issue of spaying/neutering. These surgical procedures can actually result in a number of health benefits for your companion, which is why we strongly recommend them. As an AAHA-accredited animal hospital, Heritage Veterinary Hospital in Creve Coeur is equipped to perform various surgeries while meeting the highest standards in veterinary medicine. With that in mind, you can be confident that your pet will be well-cared for during their spay or neuter procedure.
When Should I Schedule My Pet’s Spay/Neuter Procedure?
The American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) supports spaying/neutering pets as young as 8 weeks, as long as they’re healthy, but the exact age range recommendation is dependent on breed. Typically, we recommend that the procedures be performed at or before 6 months, for best results. We can discuss our recommendations during your puppy’s or kitten’s first visit at our hospital.
What Are the Benefits of Spaying and Neutering?
- Spaying/neutering can help reduce the number of pets that are euthanized as a result of overpopulation.
- Spaying can prevent uterine cancer and infections, and eliminate the risk of breast cancer—when performed before the first heat cycle.
- Spaying prevents future heat cycles and related undesirable behaviors in females.
- Neutering can eliminate aggressive behavior, marking, roaming, and “humping” in males.
- Neutering prevents testicular cancer in males.
- You can help your pet live a longer, happier, and healthier life.
Are There Any Risks Associated with Spaying/Neutering?
Just as with every other surgery we perform at Heritage Veterinary Hospital, yes, there are some risks involved with spaying/neutering. However, as an AAHA-accredited practice, we take every possible measure to reduce any risks associated with surgery. We also monitor every patient before, during, and after surgery using advanced monitoring equipment.
Where Can I Learn More About Spaying/Neutering?
Visit the American Animal Hospital Association’s pages on Spaying and Neutering Dogs or Spaying and Neutering Cats to learn more about the benefits of these procedures. You can also give us a call at (314) 878-8454 with your questions.