SPAYING YOUR FEMALE PET:
Removal of the ovaries and uterus Ideal age is 4 to 6 months.
- If spayed before the first heat cycle, your pet has a less than 1 percent chance of developing breast cancer.
- If spayed after one heat cycle, your pet has an 8 percent chance of developing breast cancer.
- If spayed after two heat cycles, the risk increases to 26 percent chance.
- After two years, no protective benefit exists.
- Pets with diabetes or epilepsy should be spayed to prevent hormonal changes that may interfere with medication.
- Eliminates the risk of ovarian and uterine cancer.
- Eliminates unwanted pregnancies.
NEUTERING YOUR MALE PET:
Removal of the testicles and spermatic cord. Ideal age is 4 to 6 months.
- Eliminates the risk of testicular cancer, the second most common tumor in male dogs.
- Greatly reduces the risk of prostate cancer and prostatitis.
- Reduces the risk of perianal tumors.
- Reduces roaming and fighting.
- Eliminates or reduces spraying or marking in males neutered before 6 months of age or before the onset of these behaviors.
- Eliminates the risk and spread of sexually transmitted diseases.
- Eliminates unwanted litters.
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