Spay & Neuter FAQs

Get Your Spay & Neuter FAQs Answered by Our St. Louis Veterinarian Team

At the St. Louis Veterinary Center, you're invited to connect with a veterinarian who can answer your pet health questions. We frequently get questions about spay and neuter. Keep reading to learn about this important pet health issue!

What Does Spay and Neuter Do?

A spay (on female cats and dogs) and neuter (on male cats and dogs) makes your pet unable to reproduce. This is done by removing certain sex organs (the ovaries, fallopian tubes, and uterus in females, and the testicles in males).

When Should I Get My Pet Spayed or Neutered?

Healthy kittens and puppies can be spayed or neutered as young as 8 weeks old, although it's more commonly done between the ages of 4 to 6 months. For females, it's best to schedule a spay before she enters her first heat (menstruation cycle).

What Are the Benefits of Spay and Neuter?

There are several benefits to spay and neuter. 

  • Spay and neuter procedures reduce or eliminate the risk of certain animal health problems.
  • This routine procedure also curbs animal overpopulation, which is an economic and ethical problem for communities around the country.
  • Neutered male animals may be less likely to exhibit behaviors related to reproduction, like territorial marking, aggression, and roaming.

What Are the Risks of Spay and Neuter?

Any surgical procedure carries a degree of risk, including infection, bleeding, and adverse reaction to anesthesia. Fortunately, these risks are generally low and our St. Louis veterinarian works with every pet parent to ensure their pet's surgery and recovery goes smoothly.

Is Spay and Neuter Expensive?

Spay and neuter procedures are routine and certainly not as expensive as having a pregnant animal or raising a litter of animals. Many pet parents see it as an investment in their animal's health. We're happy to discuss payment options with you to make sure this important veterinary service fits into your budget.

Do You Need to Schedule a Spay or Neuter Procedure?

Contact the St. Louis Veterinary Center at (314) 492-8548 to schedule an appointment with a veterinarian.