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The Benefits of Spay and Neuter Surgeries

Spay and neuter surgeries do a world of good for your pet and the greater pet population. They offer medical and behavioral benefits to your pet as well as help cut back on the number of unwanted litters, too many of which end up facing euthanasia. At The Village Vets of Stone Mountain, we offer safe and timely surgeries so your pet receives the most benefits.

Spay and Neuter Surgery in Stone Mountain: Woman Hugging Cat
Spay and Neuter Surgery in Stone Mountain: Puppy and Kitten

Why Timing Matters

The general rule of thumb for spay and neuter surgery is at about 6 months of age. However, this number can fluctuate for individual pets based on their breed and gender. For instance, females have a greater reduced risk of developing mammary gland tumors if they are spayed before their first heat cycle, which can happen as early as 4 months for kittens. Meanwhile, larger breed dogs need their reproductive hormones to help control their growth spurts, so a later surgery, after they are done growing, is better (usually between 12-18 months).

How Surgery Helps Your Pet

Spay and neuter surgeries have a range of benefits for both males and females including:

Females

  • Not as likely to roam to find a mate (roaming leads to escapes that could result in car accidents or encounters with wild animals)
  • Not as likely to exhibit urine-spraying behavior
  • No messy, frustrating heat cycles
  • Less chance of developing mammary gland tumors
  • No risk of pyometra, a dangerous uterine infection
  • No risk of ovarian or uterine cancers

Males

  • Not as likely to roam to find a mate (roaming leads to escapes that could result in car accidents or encounters with wild animals)
  • Lessened aggression
  • Not as likely to exhibit urine-spraying behavior
  • Less likely to exhibit mounting behavior
  • Reduced risk of prostate problems
  • No chance of testicular cancer

Schedule an appointment today with one of our veterinarians so we can discuss your puppy or kitten’s best option for a timely surgery. We look forward to working with you and your pet!

The Village Vets – Stone Mountain

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