Spay and Neuter for Dogs and Cats in North Haven, CT

At Montowese Veterinary Clinic, we believe that every dog and cat living in North Haven and surrounding communities should be spayed or neutered before they reach maturity. We perform spay and neuter surgeries on a regular basis to achieve several things:

  • Prevent unwanted litters, which contribute to stray dog and cat overpopulation
  • Prevent the needless euthanasia of otherwise healthy animals in crowded shelters
  • Keep individual dogs and cats healthier and happier for the long term
  • Help more shelter animals find their forever homes

Schedule your pet’s spay or neuter surgery with us or set up a consultation to discuss their options.

Spay and neuter for dogs and cats in North Haven, CT

How Does Spaying and Neutering Make Life Better for Individual Dogs and Cats?

At first glance, spay and neuter surgeries seem to go against the laws of nature, which might beg the question: How is spaying/neutering better for an animal’s health?

Below are some of the most important benefits we hope to give our patients after they’ve had their surgery.

Spaying (Females)

  • Prevents the heat cycle and unwanted litters
  • Significantly reduces a cat or dog’s chances of developing mammary gland tumors
  • Prevents pyometra, a uterine infection, and ovarian and uterine cancers
  • Can minimize or completely prevent a female’s desire to roam in search of a mate

Neutering (Males)

  • Greatly reduces or even prevents hormone-fueled aggression when around other dogs or cats
  • Can prevent urine marking/spraying, mounting, and the desire to roam in search of a mate
  • Prevents testicular tumors
  • Reduces your pet’s risk of developing an enlarged prostate later in life

How Old Does My Pet Need to be for Their Spay or Neuter Surgery?

We typically spay and neuter pets when they are around 6 months old. Not all pets will have their surgery at this time, however--some cats can be spayed or neutered at 4-5 months, and large dog breeds, such as Saint Bernards and Great Danes, will need to wait until they are roughly a year old. This is due to the fact that larger breeds need more time to grow; spaying or neutering them too soon will deprive them of the hormones that help their limbs and joints develop properly.

A woman with his Golden Labradoodle dog at home