Dr. Gary Block: Hi! I am Dr. Gary Block with the Humane Society Veterinary Medical Association and Co-owner of Ocean State Veterinary Specialists in East Greenwich, Rhode Island.
Today, I am discussion what it means to have your pet spayed or neutered.
Spaying and neutering are common veterinary medical procedures that keep cats and dogs from reproducing. Spaying is the medical procedure for female pets and neutering is the procedure for male pets. Spaying and neutering are the only reliable ways to control cat and dog reproduction. The typical age for spaying and neutering pets is 4 to 5 months old, although cats and dogs as young as eight weeks of age can be spayed or neutered.
Pets can be spayed or neutered at your local veterinary practice and many communities have reduced their low cost spay or neuter services available through organizations such as the local Humane Society or SPCA. No matter which option you choose, a veterinarian will be performing the procedure.
You should be as informed as possible about any medical procedure for your pets and spaying or neutering are no exception. In addition to doing your own research, be sure to consult with the veterinarian and staff at the location you select. They will be able to provide you with all of the details about the procedure and what you should be prepared for on the day of your pet's surgery.
The decision to spay or neuter is an important matter for all pet owners to consider.