Spay and Neuter for Dogs and Cats in Oakland
Dog and cat spay and neuter surgery lends valuable benefits for pets, their owners, and society at large. At our animal hospital in Oakland, we’re pleased to guide owners on this important procedure through pre-surgical consultations and customized care. After spay and neuter surgery is complete, we offer detailed at-home care advice – the same as any other surgery with us.
A General Spay and Neuter Timeline
If you’ve recently adopted an intact cat or dog, please schedule an examination with us as soon as possible. Depending on the type and breed of pet you have and their health condition, the age we recommend dog or cat spay and neuter surgery can vary:
- For female pets, most should be spayed before their first heat cycle to avoid pregnancy and breast, uterine, or ovarian cancers.
- In general, cats experience their first heat cycle earlier than dogs and can be spayed before five months old.
- Healthy puppies can be spayed as young as five months old, but we may advise that larger breeds wait a little longer to ensure they’re fully developed.
If your puppy or kitten has an intestinal infection or is fighting another illness, surgery must be delayed until they are 100%. Please schedule a wellness visit with us to learn more.