When is the right time to spay or neuter your pet?

When Is It Safe to Spay or Neuter in Red Wing, MN

Many pet owners have questions about when spaying and neutering is safe for your pet. Knowing the answers to these important questions can help you decide whether or not spaying and neutering is right for your pet. At Black Dog Animal Hospital in Red Wing, MN, we strive to answer these questions to the best of our ability, so that the pet-owning members of our community will be as well informed as possible.

Spaying and Neutering is Best Done at a Young Age

Experts have long since recommended that dogs and cats be spayed at a young age.  Now, research is reevaluating that recommendation.  Generally speaking, somewhere between 5 months and a year is the best time to spay or neuter your pet.  The vets at Black Dog Animal Hospital can talk with you about breed and species specific differences and make the safest recommendation for you and your pet.

Adult dogs and cats can be spayed or neutered as well, and females can be spayed even after having a litter. There is a waiting period after giving birth before your animal can have this procedure done. Your veterinarian will be able to tell you when it's safe to spay your pet after pregnancy.

Despite the fact that you can spay and neuter adult dogs and cats, there are many advantages to having this surgery when pets are younger. Pets that have this procedure done as puppies or kittens are less likely to contract many different diseases and are less likely to have behavior problems. Spaying and neutering may even help prevent your pet from running away from home.

Contact Black Dog Animal Hospital for an Animal Spay/Neuter Procedure Today!

For more information about this common animal surgery, contact Black Dog Animal Hospital at 651-327-2700. We'll be happy to set up an appointment for you and your pet.

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