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Video: What Is Spay and Neuter?

Not sure what spaying a female dog or neutering a male cat means? Find out what it means, what’s involved in the surgery and more in our video.

Provided by The Humane Society of the United States and Knowlera Media, LLC

Spaying and neutering are common veterinary medical procedures that keep cats and dogs from reproducing. Spaying is the medical procedure for female pets and neutering is the procedure for male pets. Spaying and neutering are the only reliable ways to control cat and dog reproduction.

The typical age for spaying and neutering pets is four to five months old, although cats and dogs as young as eight weeks of age can be spayed or neutered. Pets can be spayed or neutered at your local veterinary practice and many communities have reduced or low cost spay/neuter services available through organizations such as the local humane society or SPCA.

No matter which option you choose, a veterinarian will be performing the procedure. You should be as informed as possible at any medical procedure for your pets and spaying and neutering are no exception. In addition to doing your own research, be sure to consult with the veterinarian and staff at the location you select. They will be able to provide you with all of the details about the procedure and what you should be prepared for on the day of your pet’s surgery.

The decision to spay or neuter is an important matter for all pet owners to consider.

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