Spay & Neuter FAQs

Top Spay & Neuter Questions Pet Owners Ask Vets

At West Boca Veterinary Center in Boca Raton, we receive many questions about pet care every day, but some of the most frequent ones have to do with spaying and neutering cats or dogs. Spaying and neutering dogs and cats is an important topic that can affect your furry friend's health and well-being. The answers to the following questions can help to clear ups some common concerns. 


What Does Spaying or Neutering a Pet Mean?

Both spaying and neutering are types of sterilization. The term "spaying" describes a surgical procedure when a veterinarian performs an ovariohysterectomy, or the removal of the ovaries, uterus, and fallopian tubes from a female animal. Neutering is just another way to say castration or the removal of the testes of a male animal. Both spaying and neutering are routine and minor medical procedures.

What Are Some of The Advantages of Having My Pets Being Spayed Or Neutered?

Besides avoiding unwanted puppies or kittens, pets can experience a number of positive behavior changes and health benefits like the following:

  • Animals that have been spayed or neutered are less likely to run away from their home since these procedures eliminate the biological urge to mate. That means females will not go into heat, and males will often act less aggressively.
  • Neutered males are not as apt to urinate to mark their territory or howl.
  • Spayed pets have a lower chance of developing uterine infections or breast tumors.

When Is a Good Time for a Vet to Spay or Neuter My Pet?

Typically, most cats and dogs are spayed or neutered when they are between the ages of 6 and 9 months or right before the first heat cycle. However, to absolutely know when it is a good time to have the surgical procedure done is by consulting with a veterinarian. A vet can review your pet’s medical history and tell you when it is the appropriate age to spay or neuter your animal.

Do You Have Any More Spay or Neuter Questions for Our Pet Care Professionals in Boca Raton?

Do you have a question about spaying or neutering that wasn't answered? Feel free to call (561) 451-8838 and speak with one of our vets at West Boca Veterinary Center in Boca Raton. If you prefer, you can also schedule an appointment online!

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