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Posted on 08-24-2017

Spay and Neuter FAQ From Your Los Angeles Veterinarian

A veterinarian in Studio City and Los Angeles may recommend you spay or neuter your pet. By understanding the process, you limit the risk of veterinary health concerns and prevent health problems from impacting your dog or cat's life.


What is Spaying and Neutering a Pet?

Spaying a female pet means a veterinary professional removes part of the animal's reproductive system. It prevents your dog or cat from getting pregnant and prevents unwanted behaviors related to your female pet going into heat. Neutering a pet means your male dog or cat will not be able to impregnate a female dog or cat. 

Why Spay or Neuter your Pet in Los Angeles?

The reason you want to spay or neuter your pet in Los Angeles and Studio City differs for each individual. A key reason is to eliminate unwanted behaviors. Male pets are less likely to roam and have a lower rate of aggression after neutering. 

You may also consider the procedure to prevent unwanted pregnancies in your pets or the health risks to your pet. Spaying or neutering a pet reduces the risk of certain reproductive cancers, particularly in female pets. It also prevents pregnancies that may harm your female dog or cat's health.

What Age is Appropriate for Spaying or Neutering?

Spaying and neutering a pet are surgical procedures, so you want to ensure that your pet is within an appropriate age range for the procedure. As a general rule, wait until your pet is eight weeks old or older. For dogs, pet owners can consider the procedure from eight weeks until roughly 9 months old. In cats, you may want to consider the procedure at a younger age. It is appropriate to consider spaying a female pet before she goes into heat. Keeping your pets healthy requires the right tools and strategies. Spaying or neutering a pet reduces the risk of health problems related to pregnancy, roaming or reproductive cancers.

Schedule an Appointment with Your Los Angeles Veterinarian

To learn more about spaying or neutering a pet or to set up an appointment in our clinic for the procedure, call (818) 760-3882 today.


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