Spay and Neuter Services for Dogs and Cats in Rye, NH
Spay and neuter procedures are some of the most routine surgeries we perform, and we recommend them for all of our patients for good reason. While animal adoptions continue to increase and fewer dogs and cats are being needlessly euthanized, there are still millions of animals throughout the country being born and waiting for their forever homes. Spaying and neutering our pets is an important step towards continuing to decrease the number of stray dogs and cats living on the streets and in shelters in our community, and making life in general better for animals. At Sagamore Animal Hospital in Rye, NH, we are glad to educate pet owners about the need for spaying and neutering, and help them give their pets longer, healthier lives. Call us today at (603) 431-8785 to schedule an spay & neuter surgery today.
When Does My Pet Need to be Spayed or Neutered?
Every dog and cat has its own unique needs. In general, cats and small to medium-sized dogs can be safely spayed and neutered at 6 months of age. Larger dog breeds, such as Great Danes and Newfoundlands, need to wait until they are about 1 year old. These large breeds need more time to grow, and since healthy bone and joint development requires sufficient sex hormones, it is best to hold off on spaying or neutering until growth is complete.
The Health Benefits of Spaying and Neutering Pets
Spay and neuter surgeries can have long-term health benefits, and they can also curb some undesirable behaviors.
- Less likely to be aggressive, especially around other dogs or cats, and when females in proximity are in heat
- Less at risk for breast cancer and prostate cancer
- Are no longer at risk for testicular tumors
- Are less likely to attempt to escape your home or yard to search for a mate
- Will be less likely to engage in humping and urine spraying
- Will no longer have their heat cycle
- Are less at risk for breast cancer (mammary tumors)
- Are not at risk for ovarian cancer or uterine infections
- Will be less likely to attempt escape to find a mating partner