cat spay

When is the best time to have my pet neutered?

Posted by d2030476 on March 21, 2011  /   Posted in General Information, Questions and Answers

Traditionally both males and females are neutered at six months of age, but there is some controversy with this. For females, this is recommended to avoid the first heat and have the lowest risk of mammary cancer in the future. For males, this time frame is not really necessary, health wise. Obviously, males should be neutered as soon as possible to avoid unwanted breeding, if this is a possibility in their environment. Also, unneutered males often exhibit unwanted behaviors such as intermale aggression and roaming. Eventually, testosterone can have adverse effects on the body causing problems such as benign prostatic hypertrophy, prostatitis, and testicular cancer. These effects are not usually seen before 3-5 years of age, so neutering before then is recommended. For large breed dogs, such as your Labrador, it may be better to neuter closer to physical maturity, around 12-18 months, to allow him to fully develop muscle mass. Obviously, all factors must be considered for each individual pet and should be discussed with your veterinarian.

[doctor name = “June Hacker-Traiger”]

Medicallly wise to spay your cat

Posted by d2030476 on November 29, 2010  /   Posted in General Information, Questions and Answers

Q:  My pet cat is now about three years old and has not been spayed. She is an indoor cat and seemingly has no issues when she comes into heat. Do you think she will need to be spayed sometime in the future if her cycles remain the same?

A:  There are two main medical reasons for spaying your cat, even at age three.  First, a significant percentage of unsprayed cats will develop a uterine infection termed pyometra necessitating surgery (ovariohysterectomy) on an emergency basis.  The second reason for getting your cat spayed is because the longer a cat is allowed to go through heat cycles, the more risk there is of developing mammary (breast) cancer which is generally deadly in cats.  In addition, since cats are seasonally polyestrus (meaning they continuously come into heat in certain seasons), they will vocalize continuously and attempt to get outside constantly which may be highly annoying to some people.  The bottom line then is it’s a wise decision to have your cat spayed.

[doctor name=”Joseph DeSanto”]

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