Spaying and neutering is an important part of the Canine Health and Feline Health Lifetime Care Programs. Spaying and neutering a pet at an early age (between 4–6 months) will help prevent medical problems. For instance, neutering males helps prevent testicular cancer and also makes pets less prone to roaming, fighting, or urine marking. Similar health benefits are evident for female dogs that have been spayed; spaying prevents mammary cancer as well as pyometra, which is an infection of the uterus.
In addition to improving the health of our veterinary patients, spaying and neutering is an essential part of being a responsible pet owner. While doing so obviously helps prevent unwanted litters and reduces the unwanted pet population, it also helps ease the often crowded confines of animal shelters. Las Vegas, for example, is particularly affected by stray dogs. It’s estimated that 56,000 animals are brought into the city’s shelter annually. This is also part of the reason why Las Vegas law requires pets to be spayed or neutered by the time they turn four months old.