Puppy & Kitten Care

Spay and neuter

Spay and neuter

These are the common terms used to describe the surgical sterilization procedure that removes the reproductive organs of female and male pets, respectively.

Can Vetted help spay or neuter my pet?

We certainly can.

While we do not perform surgical or anesthetic procedures, we examine your pet at home and run necessary blood work to ensure that your cat or dog is healthy enough to undergo a surgical procedure. We then schedule your pet for surgery at one of our partner surgeries - highly rated, independent veterinary clinics who share our ideals when it comes to providing great care. This saves you time and money - as you don’t get charged exam fees or expensive blood panels on surgery day.

Why should I spay my female pet?

There are many health benefits in spaying a female cat or dog. It is recommended that all non-breeding pets be spayed, ideally between 4 and 6 months of age. However, it is never too late to spay your female pet, as you can still prevent many adverse health conditions. 

The most obvious reason to spay your cat or dog is to prevent unwanted pregnancies. This helps reduce pet overpopulation, and potentially saves not only your pet’s life, but also countless other dogs and cats every year. Spaying your female cat or dog eliminates the risk of ovarian and uterine cancers. The risk of mammary (breast) cancer is also markedly reduced in pets who have been sterilized. For an intact female, the risk of developing breast cancer increases with every subsequent heat cycle.

Finally, intact female pets are at risk of developing a potentially lethal uterine infection, called a Pyometra. This can be an incredibly painful emergency, often requiring surgery. This condition is completely preventable by spaying your pet.

Why should I neuter my male pet?

As with sterilization of female pets, by neutering your male cat or dog, you are doing your part to prevent pet overpopulation and unwanted litters. This saves the lives of countless pets who are euthanized in shelters around the world every day, simply because there are not enough homes for them.

Other advantages of neutering male pets include eliminating the risk of testicular cancer. Some studies also show that neutering male dogs may reduce their risk of certain prostate conditions later on in life.

Neutered males may also exhibit more desirable behavioral characteristics. For example, your pet may be less likely to exhibit inappropriate mounting, less likely to mark their territory with their urine (a.k.a. ‘spraying’), and may be less likely to fight.

Un-neutered cats and dogs also have a tendency to roam and try to escape outdoors, as they search for a mate. These pets often engage in fights with local pets, strays, or wildlife, which may result in serious injuries and infectious diseases.

It is recommended to neuter your male cat or dog around 6 months of age, however older pets can also still benefit from neutering.

Please contact or book an appointment with our veterinary care team for more information on the procedure, and ask how Vetted can help to make your pet’s sterilization surgery as low-stress as possible.