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.

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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