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When you adopt a pet from a shelter, most will require that you spay or neuter your new pet. Many will point you to a vet that offers discounts on the procedure, or even give you a coupon so the surgery will be free.
You may think that spaying or neutering your pet is cruel... but unless you are planning to become a breeder, spaying or neutering is essential.
So, for a happier, healthier pet, please spay or neuter!
By Catherine Forman
I never neutered or spayed a dog not ever! Unfortunately not everyone is as vigilant as I am. Never had an unwanted litter either. What I did have was a vet who wanted to neuter my 8 yr old Chow Chow when the dog had a cancer tumor on his foot which the vet seemed to ignore. Yes, I had a business to run, a child to raise and a killer schedule but if you are a responsible person neutering isn't needed.
Two unaltered cats and all their descendents can number 420,000 in just seven years.
Two unaltered dogs and all their descendents can number 67,000 in just six years.
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How old do cats have to be before being neutered/spaded?
A number of Humane Societies require that a cat be 8 weeks of age or weigh 2 pounds. I prefer to wait until a cat is 6 months old. This allows them to be spayed before they come into heat for the 1st time at 7 or 8 months old.
My Pit Bull had a litter of 7. They are about 7 weeks now. She only feeds them about an hour a day now. Can I take her to get spayed now?
She is still nursing her puppies and they need every drop of her immune system, etc., they can get, even a bit a day. The snuggling is very important too.
Also, she is still in recovery from birth (7!!!)! Give her a break for awhile before you put her under for the cut!
A spay is a complete hysterectomy. That means all internal reproductive organs are removed.
Your dog will require anaesthesia and pain medication which will affect the puppies through the mother's milk. Wait until the puppies are completely weaned.
I would wait till the babies are NO LONGER nursing....
I think you should wait till the puppies are completely weaned. Also, you should certainly discuss this with your vet. This is major surgery and you should not put such a strain on your mother dog when she has her puppies to care for.
Last year my neighbor moved and left her outdoor cats; which I have inherited. They followed me home and did not leave. So now all 3 cats have had kittens and I now have 13 cats and kittens to care for. Some of them are very unusual with thick furry hair and look like Siamese without the narrow face. I have become fond of the mothers and want to keep a few of them outside, but need help with neutering and spaying. I have no income because I moved here to take care of my wheelchair bound mother. Is there help out there for someone like me?
I was on tight income and asked on freecycle. I had two cats done for free as long as I agreed to keep them. It was from a shelter that dropped off cages and we dropped them to the shelter in the next town over night. Jut go to freecycle with what you have here. If there is help you will find it.
Check for animal shelters run by counties, cities, etc. They usually offer much reduced services for neutering to avoid the problem you now have.
I found a couple resources online. A good place to ask would be your local pet stores. Petco and Petsmart often have days when they do free or low cost spaying or neutering. If you let a vet know that you are taking care of abandoned cats, many may do the services for free as well.
My dog is 8-10 months old and is menstruating. How long should I wait to have her spayed?
I have a 7 month old female mix, we think she's mostly Brussles Griffon. When do I get her fixed? I hate the thought of her little tummy being cut. Do they do laparoscopic spaying?
Valery from NJ
My dog is 4 years old. She is a Black Lab. Can I still get her fixed or is she too old?
Editor's Note: I don't think she is too old. Call the vet to be sure but I think they will agree.
we had our dog fixed last year and she was 9 at the time and has medical problems and all went well
SHOULDN'T THEY BE A LITTLE OLDER
I looked on the internet and I just cant find a place to get my dog fixed. It seem as nowhere in my area fix dogs.
<b>Editor's Note</b> Call a local veterinary clinic. They should be able to help you.
My dog is 7 this year. Should I still get her spayed? I worry that like people, she's old and may take longer to heal.
I am hoping to have my 4 year old Pomeranian spayed, but the vets are asking for close to $400 and that is too much as I am on disability and cannot afford that on a fixed income :-( Is there any place in the Nashua New Hampshire area that will spay a 4 year old female Pomeranian for an affordable price? Thanks for any help I tried my humane society, but they are only doing males.
A very easy search for "low cost spay service new hampshire" produced many replies. You can try a search yourself or this site to consider if you can qualify for their services: