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Spaying & Neutering

Spay and neuter surgeries are regularly performed by our Grande Prairie veterinarians. These procedures help to control the homeless animal population and provide health benefits to pets.

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Keeping the Cat & Dog Population Healthy & Protected

Neutering is a surgical procedure where the testicles are removed from male pets. Spaying removes a female pet's reproductive organs. These surgeries prevent your male cat or dog from fathering offspring or your female cat or dog from becoming pregnant.

Having your dog or cat spayed or neutered not only prevents unwanted pregnancies, but it also protects their health, and can make them more manageable. Pets who are spayed or neutered are less likely to develop certain cancers, and they may even prevent them from displaying bad behaviours.

Our veterinarian highly recommends that each one of our patients be spayed or neutered. These surgeries help contribute to overall good health and well-being for dogs and cats, while also helping to reduce the population of homeless dogs and cats in animal shelters.

While it's important to understand that all surgeries performed under general anesthesia come with risks, spaying and neutering are considered to be safe for the large majority of dogs and cats.

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The Reality of Animal Shelters in Canada

The Canadian Humane Society and SPCA take in thousands of cats and dogs every year. This number does not include those taken in by private rescue agencies across the country.

For many people, one of the primary benefits of spaying and neutering is reducing the number of unwanted dogs and cats filling Canadian shelters.

When to Spay or Neuter Your Cat or Dog

No one understands your furry friend's health better than your veterinarian. Although we provide general spay and neuter age guidelines below, it is always best to consult your veterinarian.

Cats: We recommend spaying or neutering cats at six months of age. This allows them to get to their relative adult size and make sure they can safely metabolize anesthetic agents. While we do recommend getting your cat spayed or neutered as soon as possible, a healthy adult cat can be spayed or neutered at any age.

Dogs: We recommend that puppies get spayed or neutered at around six months of age. Some veterinarians have concluded that for some breeds, it is better to wait until the dog reaches sexual maturity before performing these reproductive surgeries. Speak to your veterinarian to determine the best time to have your dog spayed or neutered.

FAQs About Spaying & Neutering

Are you considering having your pet spayed or neutered, but still have questions? To learn more about spaying and neutering read through the answers to our list of frequently asked questions below.

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