Spayed and Neutered Pets live a healthier and longer life!

At High Ridge Animal Hospital, we believe in the importance of spaying/neutering puppies and kittens to provide them with a long and healthy life. High Ridge Animal Hospital recommends spaying or neutering your pet between the ages of 5-6 months, however, there can be exceptions to this recommendation, so please consult with your veterinarian for your pet's specific recommendation.

Spaying or neutering your dog or cat will reduce common problems such as:

  • Kitten and PuppyA pyometra, or uterine infection, is a potentially life-threatening condition which can cost thousands of dollars to treat. Occurrence is 100% preventable if your pet is spayed.

  • Over one half of all mammary tumors are malignant and can spread to other areas of the body. Early spaying, prior to your pet beginning its heat cycles, significantly reduces the incidence of tumor formation.

  • There are more puppies and kittens overpopulating shelters than there are people willing to provide them with love and care. Sadly, many are euthanized.

  • Testicular cancer can be eliminated and prostatitis, an infection causing malignant or benign swelling of the prostate, can be greatly reduced with early neutering.

  • Unwanted behavioral problems such as dominance aggression, marking territory and wandering can be avoided with early spaying/neutering.