Why You Should Spay and Neuter Young
At TCAP, our experienced and caring veterinary team regularly provides pediatric spays and neuters. Due to the long-reaching health and social benefits, we are huge advocates for early pet (pediatric) sterilization.
Health Benefits of Spaying Early
Spaying female dogs and cats helps prevent uterine infections and breast cancer, which are fatal in about 50 percent of dogs and 90 percent of cats. Spaying your pet before her first heat offers the best protection from these diseases. Male pets that are neutered eliminate their chances of getting testicular cancer and show a lower chance of prostate cancer as well. At TCAP, our caring and compassionate veterinary team is able to provide spays and neuters for pets as young as 10 weeks of age so long as they weigh 2 lbs. or more.
Amazingly, kittens and puppies are able to reproduce as soon as they reach their first heat cycle. This often occurs as early as 4 months of age for kittens and at around 6 months of age for puppies. Beating this first heat cycle is crucial to ensuring there is no chance that your pet will contribute to the homeless pet problem. This doesn’t mean that males get off scot-free! Removing a dog or cats testes reduces the breeding instinct, making them less inclined to roam and more content to stay at home.
It is also important to note that pets have no qualms about reproducing with members of their own litter. If you are raising an unaltered litter of puppies or kittens, you will quickly have another pregnant pet on your hands if you do not intervene. A single litter of puppies or kittens can easily become several litters if action is not taken to stop the reproductive cycle.
Early Spay and Neuter
Any veterinary professional knows that spaying and neutering is the most humane and effective way to combat pet overpopulation. A common reason people are unable to provide this important service to their pets is due to the cost of the surgery. As a nonprofit, TCAP seeks to overcome this barrier by providing the lowest cost spays, neuters, and vaccinations in North Texas. If you have any questions about sterilizing your pet or requesting an appointment at one of our convenient locations, give us a call at 940-566-5551 today! Together we can make a difference for people and their pets throughout North Texas.