Many people know this procedure as a way to prevent accidental litters, but it also provides many health and behavioural benefits for the patient. The decision to spay or neuter your pet is a personal choice our veterinary team would be happy to support you with. If you have questions regarding the timing or information about the procedure itself, please contact us at 204-728-0033.
Is it mandatory to spay or neuter my dog/cat?
Although it is not mandatory to have your pet spayed or neutered, it is recommended as it can dramatically extend their lifespan. The main contributor to the increased longevity is that the procedure reduces the risk of developing certain types of cancers: pyometra (a potentially fatal uterine infection), uterine, mammary gland, testicular, and other cancers of the reproductive system. Neutering male pets also reduces the risk of developing benign prostatic hyperplasia which alters their ability to defecate. Also, it helps to remove unwanted behaviours such as aggression, mounting, and/or urine marking.
What's the difference between spay and neuter?
Although both surgical procedures involve sterilizing pets to prevent them from reproducing, there are a few key differences between the two.
Spaying is the surgical removal of a female's reproductive organs, including the ovaries and uterus. By removing these organs, they can no longer go into heat or become pregnant.
Neutering, on the other hand, is the surgical removal of a male's testicles. By removing the testicles, they lose the ability to produce sperm and thus cannot impregnate a female animal.
What's the recommended time to have my pet spayed/neutered?
Depending on your pet's breed and age, the recommended time to have your pet spayed/neutered can vary. Generally, it is recommended to have your pet spayed or neutered before they reach sexual maturity, which is typically around 6 months of age for most cats and dogs. However, larger dogs may be spayed/neutered at a later age to allow time for their bone structures to grow and mature properly.