Puppy and kitten sitting outside: Pet Spay and Neuter in Decatur

Helping Animals with Pet Spay and Neuter

When you bring your pet to our Decatur animal hospital for spay and neuter surgery, you’ll know they’re in good hands. Our doctors are passionate about community involvement. Providing quality pet spay and neuter service is a part of this. By having your pet spayed or neutered, you help curb animal overpopulation. In addition, you are providing  a better quality of life for your companion by reducing their chances of developing certain cancers and other valuable benefits.

The Advantages of Pet Spay and Neuter

Some of the advantages of pet spay and neuter are some they couldn’t receive any other way. When you get your female pet spayed and your male pet neutered, you reduce or eliminate roaming behavior that can leave them lost or injured. Both males and females receive significant medical benefits.

The advantages for your female pet include:

  • A decreased chance of mammary gland tumors, which are malignant in many pets
  • A decreased chance of ovarian cancer
  • A decreased chance of uterine cancer
  • Urine spraying and marking is reduced
  • Roaming behavior is reduced
  • A decreased amount of unwanted pregnancies and litters
Kitten: Pet Spay and Neuter in Decatur
Brown Dog: Pet Spay and Neuter in Decatur

The advantages for your male pet include:

  • The chances of testicular cancer are eliminated
  • A decreased chance of prostate disease
  • Urine spraying and marking is reduced
  • Roaming behavior is reduced
  • Dogs are less likely to engage in mounting behavior

When You Should Get Your Pet Spayed or Neutered

The appropriate time to spay or neuter your pet will depend on the type, size and breed of pet you have. We like to develop close bonds with pets and their humans, so the right time is just one of the things our doctors will discuss at your pet’s wellness exam. In general, small dogs can be spayed or neutered at six months old. Larger breeds of dogs can be spayed or neutered between 12 and 18 months when they reach their adult size and weight. Pet spay and neuter surgery is dependent on many factors and we’ll explore all options for your pet here at Fairview Hospital for Animals. Our veterinarians’ expertise will educate you to know the best time to spay or neuter your companion. Cats can be spayed or neutered by five-month’s old. Because of our expertise in pet spay and neuter surgery and advanced monitoring equipment, we may suggest spaying or neutering your companion before this, but it will depend on your pet’s lifestyle. Please call us or stop by with any questions about our pet spay and neuter surgery. We’re always here for the pets of Decatur and surrounding areas.