When to Spay or Neuter Your Pet

 

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Spay or Neuter Your Pet
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An experienced soccer referee in the Rumson, New Jersey, area, Sam Chandler supports a number of charities. In addition to supporting local Rumson charities, Sam Chandler has volunteered internationally, designing and distributing bracelets for an animal shelter in Nosara, Costa Rica, to raise money and awareness about spaying and neutering animals.

There are countless health and behavioral benefits to spaying or neutering a pet. In addition to preventing unwanted pregnancies and effectively reducing the homeless pet population, spay and neuter procedures greatly reduce the likelihood of cats and dogs developing serious illnesses, including cancer and malignant tumors. Cats and dogs are also less likely to demonstrate aggressive, territorial behaviors after being spayed or neutered.

Families who have decided to provide their pet with a spay or neuter surgery should consult with a trusted veterinarian. A healthy puppy can undergo surgery as early as 8 weeks after it is born. Owners of older dogs should still consider the procedure, though elderly or heavy dogs may have greater risk of complications.

Like puppies, a healthy, 8-week old kitten can be safely spayed or neutered. Owners should attempt to have the surgery performed before 5 months of age to curb certain territorial behaviors. Owners should also note that a female cat can be spayed even while in heat.

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