Spaying is an abdominal surgery in which the ovaries and the uterus are removed (ovariohysterectomy). At the Highway 24 we recommend that all female cats be spayed at around 6 months of age and dogs generally at 6 months however there may be different recommendations given based on breed and other related issues. We recommend spaying your pet for the following reasons:
- Spaying prevents unwanted pregnancies.
- Spaying at around 6 months of age allows your puppy or kitten to be spayed before her first heat cycle. This greatly decreases the chances of developing breast cancer and decreased the incidence of uterine infection. Both these conditions are serious and can be fatal.
- Spayed puppies and kittens are more likely to stay home so the likelihood of fighting, roaming, or getting hit by a car is decreased.
- Because spayed cats or dogs stay home more, their risk of encountering infectious disease is decreased.
- Spaying prevents the nuisance of the heat cycle that can occur at least twice a year. Females in heat may bleed or have vaginal discharge, which can be quite messy. Puppies and kittens in heat also display unusual and sometimes annoying behaviors such as vocalizing. These behaviors can last up to several weeks.