Spay and Neuter in Baltimore
Spaying and neutering are the terms that refer to removing or altering your pet's reproductive organs to prevent them from breeding and having puppies or kittens. Learn how spaying and neutering your pet benefits their life and the best time to bring your pet in for this procedure. Visit our animal clinic today! We offer spay and neuter services to pet owners in the Baltimore area.
Benefits of Spay and Neuter
Spaying is the process of removing a female animal's ovaries and uterus, also known as an ovariohysterectomy. Neutering is performed on a male animal, and the veterinarian will remove the testicles of the cat or dog.
One of the benefits of having your animal spayed or neutered (many people say "fixed") is that you won't have any unexpected litters. This is especially important if you have multiple pets of the same species or if your pet may be an indoor and outdoor pet that may come into contact with other animals. Because you do not know whether other animals who attempt to mate with your pet have been spayed or neutered, you should consider this procedure for your pet for peace of mind. Plus, your fixed male will not be able to impregnate another person's pet or a stray. When you neuter your pet, you're helping to reduce pet overpopulation and control the stray animal population.
There are more benefits for you at home, however. Neutering a male can cut down on aggression (directed toward people or other animals), marking (urinating on items), and unwanted humping. Similarly, when you spay your cat or dog, she will be less likely to experience the yowling meow phase of her heat cycle and the inappropriate behaviors that come with it. Many pets display calmer demeanors after they have been fixed.
If you're concerned with your pet's health, you'll be happy to know that spaying a female animal before she experiences her first heat cycle eliminates the risks of certain cancers, notably uterine and breast cancers. Your pet will not be able to experience uterine infections after spaying, either. For male pets, neutering provides protection against prostate concerns and testicular cancers. It's also effective at reducing the risk of perianal tumors.
When To Get Your Pet Spayed or Neutered
Many shelters no longer adopt out pets that have not been sterilized, but this is not the case if you invite a stray into your home or adopt a pet from another owner. Unless you plan to breed your pet, consider getting him or her spayed or neutered as soon as possible.
To reap the benefits of spaying your cat, the procedure should be completed before the first heat or between five and ten months. A dog's first heat starts between four months and two years.
For neutering, it's best to schedule the procedure before your pet displays signs of aggression or spraying. Cats can be neutered as young as eight weeks, but you may have to wait until six months for a puppy.