Spay & Neuter
Although Highland Pet Hospital is one of the most respected reproductive clinics in the Southeastern United States, we understand that not all pet owners want to breed their pets- and not all pets are good candidates for breeding. If you do not intend to breed your pet, we strongly recommend spaying or neutering your pet.
Why is spaying or neutering my pet important?
•Spaying and neutering helps dogs and cats live longer, healthier lives.
•Spaying and neutering can eliminate or reduce the incidence of a number of health problems that can be very difficult or expensive to treat.
•Spaying eliminates the possibility of uterine or ovarian cancer. It also greatly reduces the incidence of breast cancer, particularly when your pet is spayed before her first heat cycle
•Neutering eliminates testicular cancer and decreases the incidence of prostate disease.
•Neutering cats makes them less likely to spray and mark territory.
•Unsterilized animals often exhibit more behavior and temperament problems than do those who have been spayed or neutered.
•Neutering makes pets less likely to roam the neighborhood, run away, or get into fights.
When should I spay or neuter my pet?
For females, it is recommended to spay your pet prior to their first heat cycle. For healthy pets, a spay or neuter can be done as early as 8 weeks. Most procedures are done between the ages of 4 and 6 months.