Spay and Neuter
We recommend spaying or neutering your pets. It not only prevents unwanted pregnancy, but can also reduce their risk for diseases later in life. Spaying will prevent females from going into heat, eliminate the risk of potentially fatal infections in their uterus and can reduce the risk of developing a mammary tumour as they get older. In males, neutering can reduce or eliminate male characteristic behaviours such as marking, fighting and roaming, eliminate the risk of testicular cancer, and reduce the risk of prostate disease.
We recommend that female dogs and cats be spayed around 5-6 months, prior to their first heat. Male cats should be neutered between 7-9 months of age to avoid spraying, while male dogs should be neutered between 8-12 months of age, depending on their size. Studies have shown that male dogs have less orthopedic and arthritic conditions later in life if they're neutered later, such as 10-12 months. This is more important for large breeds.