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Why you should spay your pet

December 9, 2009 by  
Filed under Surgery

English Bulldog puppyAt Olathe Animal Hospital, we recommend having your puppy or kitten spayed at 6 months of age. A “spay” is an ovariohysterectomy (removing both ovaries and uterus). Although routine, it is a major procedure, which is why we take extra precautions to ensure your pet’s safety and smooth recovery.

There are many health benefits to having your puppy or kitten spayed, including:

  • Significantly reduced chance of developing breast cancer later in life (if spayed before the first heat cycle)
  • She won’t develop pyometra, a potentially fatal infection of the uterus
  • No possibility of uterine or ovarian cancer

Her personality will not change, and she will not get “fat” (unless you over-feed her!). She does not need to have a litter. In fact, each pregnancy puts her at risk of complications.

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