Spaying or neutering is good for your pet’s health and good for the animal community in Baltimore, Nottingham, Parkville and Carney. There are already many unwanted pets overpopulating shelters. Reducing repopulation, even just one pet at a time, will help other dogs and cats find forever homes. At Fullerton Animal Hospital in Baltimore, MD, we highly recommend spaying and neutering all dog, cat and rabbit pets.

Health Advantages of Spay and Neuter

For female pets, the spaying procedure has resulted in reducing the development of breast cancer, uterine infections, ovarian cancer and more. Spaying also stops the heat cycle that are messy and make other pets excited by the smell.

Male pets are less likely to develop prostate cancer, get an enlarged prostate, and get testicular cancer. Males typically lose the desire to mark their territory and often lose aggressiveness that is tied to reproduction and possession.

For all pets, the spay and neuter process will make them less likely to roam and get lost. We have found that many pets are better at obedience and have friendlier dispositions once they are spayed or neutered. Overall, pets that are spayed or neutered are able to live longer lives in good health.

What You Can Expect From Our Baltimore Veterinarians

When your pet comes in for his or her procedure, our veterinarians provide a low-impact anesthesia that manages your pet’s pain levels. We also provide anti-inflammatory medications during and after the procedure to help reduce pain and improve healing. We typically run pre-op bloodwork to help ensure the safety and wellbeing of your pet during the surgery.

How Early Should I Spay or Neuter My Pet?

As early as six months of age, female dogs and cats can start their first “heat” cycle and are physically able to mate. Most young mothers are not prepared to take care of their young, and accidental litters are often hard on the mothers, as well as not helpful for the offspring who are left to fend for themselves. Female dogs go through a 2-4 week cycle every six months, while female cats go through their cycle every 3-4 weeks during certain parts of the year. Your pet may show drastic changes in mood or temperament during her cycle. By spaying your pet BEFORE her first heat cycle, you can actually further reduce her changes of developing breast cancer.

Males also reach sexual maturity at six months of age. Dogs and cats that are not neutered will try to get out to mark territories and to find females in heat. Of course, pets that wander outside of their yards are more likely to be picked up by shelters, fight, get hit by cars and get exposed to disease. Neutering your pet will not change his personality, but will help him feel calm around other pets and enjoy time with you at home.

The ideal time for all puppies and kittens to be spayed or neutered is between 4-6 months of age. If you are ready to talk to our veterinary staff about scheduling an appointment to spay or neuter your pet, call us today (410) 892-1212!