THE BRITISH COLUMBIA SOCIETY FOR THE PREVENTION OF CRUELTY TO ANIMALS
Our mission: To protect and enhance the quality of life for domestic, farm and wild animals in B.C.

Q - When should an animal be spayed/neutered?

Your veterinarian should be consulted to determine the best time for your pet. Cats and dogs can get pregnant at ages as young as 5 and 6 months.

The BC SPCA supports, in principle, early age spay/neuter procedures for dogs and cats as a goal towards further addressing the overpopulation problem in these species, to combat excessive euthanasia of unwanted animals by preventing excess litters through pre-pubertal surgery and by enhancing the desirable policy of neuter before adoption. The Society will continue to promote other methods of combating pet overpopulation including education and public awareness campaigns, traditional spay/neuter initiatives and behaviour training.

The BC SPCA believes pediatric neutering to be appropriate with the following qualifications:

  • The procedure takes place between 8 and 12 weeks of age for both cats and dogs.

  • The animal is judged to be clinically normal and healthy prior to surgery.

  • Proper surgical protocols peculiar to these young animals are employed.

  • Post-neuter complications receive special attention.

  • Close monitoring of possible long term effects and difficulties continues indefinitely.

 

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