At What Age Should You Spay or Neuter Your Pets?

Getting them fixed prematurely can cause physical ailments.

At What Age Should You Spay or Neuter Your Pets?

Animal overpopulation is a serious problem plaguing animal shelters across the nation. The number of healthy, adoptable pets is astounding. That is why the process of spaying or neutering your dog or cat is highly recommended once they reach a certain age.

A litter of puppies or kittens is always cute but it can be difficult to find all the critters a forever home of their own. That’s why you see so many animals being taken to shelters or being picked up by animal rescues. Everyone has their heart in the right place, but the sad reality is that there are more animals than there are homes for them.

Questions to Ask Yourself About Spaying or Neutering Dogs and Cats

So, how young is too young to get an animal fixed? Are their risk factors involved? Will a surgery of that nature change their demeanor? These are legitimate questions that deserve an immediate response.

Although it’s presumable to have your female dog or cat fixed just as soon as she experiences her first heat, that isn’t necessarily the case. Prematurely spaying can increase the risk for canine cancers. Studies have proven that surgeries involving the reproductive parts can be very traumatically physically and emotionally for young animals.

Hip Dysplasia Often Occurs in Dogs That are Neutered Young

Neutering canines before they are one year of age can cause hip dysplasia which affects the animal’s mobility. The painful condition is very noticeable in golden retrievers studied in 2013 by researchers. Waiting until an animal is older in age can be difficult if there are other animals in the home that could cause a female pet to get pregnant.

Consulting a Veterinarian for Expert Advice

The option is ultimately yours but should be discussed with the pet’s veterinarian for sound medical advice. Most vets will urge you to spay or neuter as early as possible to prevent unexpected pregnancies. They can, however, give you advice based on the animal’s medical history, age, and breed.

Spaying and neutering have their advantages. Getting an animal fixed is, after all, the most responsible thing you can do for your pet. It prevents litters of puppies and kittens that you’ll one day need to find homes for.

It also protects your pet from complications that come with difficult births. It’s something that every dog or cat owner should consider. Learning the risks of fixing a pet while they are too young is important, though, so injuries and emotional traumas are eliminated or minimized.

How the Petrics App Makes Caring for Your Pet Easier

Taking good care of your pets is easy with the Petrics app. It helps you stay on top of feedings, vet appointments, and medication administration. You can use it to learn about the different ingredients that make up the pet foods and treats you give your dog or cat as well as any recalls that are currently taking place. If you want additional peace of mind with your pet, download it onto your smartphone today.

 

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