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Choosing Spay and Neuter Surgery for Your Pet

At Animal Medical Center of Jonesboro, our goal is to provide care that will help your pet live their healthiest and happiest life. If you do not plan to breed your pet, spay and neuter surgery is a good option. It offers numerous medical and behavioral benefits, while also helping to reduce the number of unwanted litters, which all too often become strays.

How Your Pet Benefits

Spaying refers to the surgical removal of a female pet’s ovaries and uterus, while neutering refers to the surgical removal of a male pet’s testicles. Both surgeries are 100% effective in preventing unwanted breeding, but they also bring with them other benefits:

Females

  • No longer experience messy, frustrating heat cycles
  • Less urgency to roam and find a mate (which too often leads to accidents with cars)
  • Less likely to exhibit urine-marking behavior
  • Reduced chance of mammary gland tumors
  • No more risk of pyometra (uterine infection)
  • No chance of uterine or ovarian cancers

Males

  • Decreased aggression
  • Less urgency to roam and find a mate (which too often leads to accidents with cars)
  • Less likely to exhibit urine-marking and mounting behavior
  • Reduced chance of prostate problems
  • No risk of testicular cancer

When to Have Your Pet Spayed or Neutered

The general timeline for a spay or neuter surgery is about 6 months of age, however, that timeline can vary. Some larger breed dogs benefit more from a later surgery at 12-16 months of age, while female kittens typically benefit from an earlier surgery. Our veterinarian will discuss your pet’s options with you so your pet has their surgery at the appropriate time.

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