Spaying and Neutering

In the video below, Banfield Pet Hospital provides an overview on spaying and neutering — two of the most common surgeries for cats and dogs. There are other considerations in the decision to spay or neuter your pet beyond the desire to prevent reproduction.

While both procedures are commonly performed at veterinary hospitals across the country, spaying and neutering are still major surgeries that require special care.

After watching the video and reviewing the following information, please feel free to reach out to your local veterinarian with any additional questions before scheduling an appointment.


Spaying and Neutering Video Review


What is spaying? 

Spaying is a surgical procedure involving an ovariohysterectomy in which both ovaries, the fallopian tubes and the uterus are removed from a female pet.

What are the benefits of spaying my dog or cat?

Aside from preventing unwanted pregnancies in your female dog or cat, spaying can also reduce or eliminate other associated health risks including: 

  • Prevention of mammary tumors, if performed before first heat cycle
  • Prevention of uterine and ovarian tumors
  • Elimination of risk for uterine infections in older cats and dogs

What is neutering?

Also referred to as castration, neutering is a surgical procedure that involves the removal of both testicles from a male pet. 

What are the benefits of neutering my dog or cat?

In addition to removing the risk of unwanted reproduction and overpopulation, neutering your male dog or cat can also reduce or eliminate a number of associated health risks and undesirable behaviors.

  • Less roaming and territorial marking (spraying)
  • Decrease of dominant or aggressive behavior
  • Decrease in risk for prostrate tumors
  • Elimination of testicular tumors

When should I have my pet spayed or neutered? 

Spaying or neutering should be performed as early as 4-8 months, depending on breed.

In the rare event that a reaction to pre-anesthetic medication or general anesthesia should occur, our veterinarians are fully equipped and capable of handling any emergency situation. If your pet has experienced any allergic reactions or complications, please be sure to let your veterinarian know before the procedure to identify any potential risks.

Did you know?

The Early Care Plus Kitten Optimum Wellness Plan and the Early Care Plus Puppy Optimum Wellness Plan both include a spaying and neutering kittens and puppies under 6 months. Owners with older cats also have the option of adding an adult spay or neuter surgery when they purchase an Optimum Wellness Plan.

Learn more about how you can give your pet the preventive care she deserves by choosing a personalized Optimum Wellness Plan today.