Spay and Neuter Services for Dogs and Cats in Key Largo, FL
Our veterinarians in Key Largo recommend that everyone spay and neuter their pets to keep them healthy and prevent unplanned litters. Spaying and neutering are the most effective and humane methods for reducing stray animal overpopulation, and in turn can help keep shelter numbers under control. This makes for a healthier, happier pet population overall, and we’re glad to contribute in any way we can to the successful rehoming of shelter pets.
Schedule your pet’s spay or neuter today.
Common Myths About Spaying and Neutering
At Island Hammock Pet Hospital, everything we do is in your pet’s best interest. We would never recommend a procedure that would give your pet anything less than the best quality of life possible. However, there are some common misconceptions surrounding spay and neuter surgeries that we would like to address.
There is no evidence showing that female dogs and cats are better off for the long term if they are allowed to have one litter. In fact, after their first litter, dogs and cats are already more at risk for health complications stemming from their sex hormones and organs, including ovarian and uterine cancer. Ideally, female dogs and cats should always be spayed before their very first heat cycle.
If you keep your pet on a balanced diet and make sure they get plenty of exercise, their spay or neuter should have no impact on their weight. Less activity and too many tasty handouts are the top contributors to weight gain in pets.
Are you concerned about the cost of your pet’s spay or neuter surgery? You can always call our hospital to speak with a team member or set up a consultation with your veterinarian to discuss your concerns. Meanwhile, it’s important to recognize the exorbitant costs of supporting not only your pet, but an entire litter as well! Keeping puppies or kittens healthy and current on their vaccinations is much more expensive than a spay or neuter surgery, which includes anesthesia, constant monitoring, administration of pain relievers, and more to keep your pet safe.
When Should My Pet be Spayed/Neutered?
Your pet’s spay or neuter surgery should be scheduled when they are around 6 months of age. Timing can vary, however, if your pet has an underlying issue or their skeleton hasn’t quite finished developing. Large breed dogs, such as Great Danes, are usually spayed and neutered around 1 year old. Spaying or neutering too early can affect your pet’s growth and lead to skeletal issues.
On the other hand, waiting too long can put your pet at a greater risk for:
- Ovarian and uterine cancer (females)
- Pyometra/uterine infection (females)
- Testicular and prostate cancer (males)
Call us today at (305) 852-5252 if you would like more information, or need to make an appointment.