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When to Spay/Neuter

When to Spay/Neuter

The time to spay/neuter is before the pet can reproduce. Puppies can go into heat as early as 5 months, and kittens as early as 4 months. So the time to spay your pets is between 4-5 months, to avoid those accidental litters.

Did you know that 50% of litters are accidental?

 

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There is no physical or mental difference in a kitten or puppy that is 5 months old or 6 months old except that they can start reproducing earlier than 6 months. Spay/neuter is safe and being performed every day by experienced veterinarians.

For more information on spaying or neutering your pets click on the links below.

http://www.whentospay.org/get-the-facts

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http://www.spayfirst.org/faq/when-to-spay-neuter/

Today is the best day to prevent a pregnancy from happening and from a litter being born.

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So when to spay? Before they reproduce! There is no physical or mental difference in a kitten that is 5 months old or 6 months old, except that they can get pregnant as early as 4 months — so please don’t delay in getting your kitten fixed early. It’s safe and being done every day by experienced veterinarians.

All adoptable kittens should be spayed/neutered before adoption, as early as 8 weeks old and 2 pounds. The surgery is quicker then, and kittens recover faster than older cats.
The same thing is true for puppies and dogs — spay before the first heat cycle to avoid an unwanted litter.

For more information on spaying or neutering your pets, click on the links below.

http://www.whentospay.org/get-the-facts

http://www.spayfirst.org/faq/when-to-spay-neuter

IPSOS Marketing Study: A & U Barriers

Pie chart from study on perceptions of when to spay

http://shelteroverpopulation.org/

Zero Chapter 5: Shelter Overpopulation