All Creatures Hospital Inc, 3665 Via de la Valle, Del Mar, CA 92014
The doctors and staff at All Creatures Hospital in Del Mar, we believe that preventative veterinary care is the best medicine. One of the best ways you can ensure that your dog or cat lives a long and healthy life is by having them spayed or neutered. Pets who have undergone these procedures will live years longer and healthier lives. In addition, they will not add to the millions of unwanted puppies and kittens. For these reasons, we encourage all of our pet parents to spay and neuter their dogs and cats.
Benefits of Spaying and Neutering
Whether your pet is male or female, spaying or neutering will ensure that they will never have an unwanted litter. That's the most obvious benefit of having your pet either spayed or neutered. This is not the only benefit. There are several health reasons as to why it's better to have the procedure done than to keep your pet intact. For female pets, they'll no longer be in danger of reproductive tract infections or cancer. Male pets are safe from testicular cancer and future prostate problems.
There are behavioral benefits to the procedures which can give your pet a better lifestyle. Female pets will no longer go into heat, while male pets will be much less likely to roam away from home, keeping them safe from fights with other animals and dangerous vehicle accidents. Male cats are likely to be better behaved, with a reduced chance of urine spraying.
When to Spay or Neuter?
This is a good question to discuss with your veterinarian. Both male and female cats should be neutered or spayed when they are 6 months of age. It has been known for many years that spaying female dogs and cats before their first heat cycle greatly reduces the incidence of breast cancer.
In the past it had been recommended to spay and neuter dogs at about 6 months of age. However, some recent studies have shown that large and giant breed dogs may receive orthopedic benefits delaying the time dogs are spayed and neutered.
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Since 1983 All Creatures Hospital has been offering state-of-the-art veterinary care to the coastal communities of Carmel Valley; Del Mar; Rancho Santa Fe; Solana Beach and Encinitas. All Creatures Hospital is a family-owned full-service hospital offering routine preventative care to emergency car for pets.