Choosing to have your pet spayed or neutered is an important decision for the life of your pets, your family and your community.  Spaying and neutering your pets has many documented benefits. Pet spaying and neutering also helps reduce the number of animals being euthanized in shelters every day. Spaying and neutering at the proper age can reduce your pet’s risk of certain health conditions and cancers. Sterilizing your pet is the only 100% safe and guaranteed form of birth control.

Getting Your Pet Spayed or Neutered Actually Increases Their Life Expectancy

Spay and neuter surgeries are performed daily at all six Newman Vets animal hospitals. It is a simple same day procedure. Our compassionate team can relate to the uneasy feeling of your loved one going in for surgery. We provide a consultation before and after the surgery to answer all of your questions. We will also provide you with a treatment plan to ensure your pet has a quick recovery. At Newman Veterinary Centers – Sanford, low-cost spay, and neuter doesn’t mean low quality. Due to our multiple location structures, we can keep our prices lower than our competitors. Schedule your pet’s spay or neuter procedure in Deland, Deltona, Ormond Beach, South Daytona, Edgewater, or Sanford.

What’s the Ideal Age for Spay or Neuter?

Our knowledgeable veterinarians and technicians will be able to advise you on the best time to sterilize your pet. The recommended age to spay or neuter your pet is usually between 4 and 6 months of age. We normally spay females before their first heat cycle. Most shelters won’t adopt out pets until they are spayed or neutered, which is why some pets are sterilized as young as 8 weeks old. Spaying a pregnant or older pet has some increased risks, but the benefits are still numerous.

What are the Benefits of Spay & Neuter?

Health Benefits

Sterilization can prevent testicular and breast cancer in pets. Sterilized pets aren’t concerned with reproducing and tend to live healthier lifestyles. Statistics show that spayed and neutered pets tend to live longer. Research has shown that females spayed before their first heat cycle are 97% less likely to develop mammary (breast) cancer. All other reproductive cancers and uterine infection are also dramatically reduced or eliminated in altered animals.

Females Won’t Go into Heat

The average estrus cycle in dogs can vary by breed, but is typically around twenty-one days long and usually occurs every six to seven months. While in heat she will attract many males into her territory by ‘calling’ for them and urinating around her territory. This leads to stray pets roaming around your property. Heat cycles in cats range from seven days to over two weeks. Cats exhibit signs of pain, including loud yowling when in heat. Spayed females do not go into heat and can avoid these issues.

Males Won’t Roam & Will Exhibit Calmer Behavior

Neutered male pets will no longer roam and run away to find females. They will also become more family orientated and obedient. Many aggression and fighting problems can be avoided by early neutering. Neutering will also prevent males from urinating inside your house to mark their territory.

Reduce Pet Homelessness & Euthanasia

Millions of pets are euthanized annually due to overpopulation in shelters. You can make a difference by ensuring your pets don’t contribute to this heartbreaking problem, by getting them spayed or neutered.

Spay & Neuter Lingo Explained

We are frequently asked the correct lingo to use when referring to pet spay and neuter. Sterilized, fixed, desexed and altered are terms used to say that the male or female pet has had their reproductive organs safely removed. Neutering is typically associated with the process of sterilizing a male pet. Spay is the procedure to sterilize a female pet. The long and technical name for a spay is ovariohysterectomy, simplified as OHE. The male neuter procedure is technically called castration, but most people just say neuter. If a pet is intact, it means they have not been sterilized and are capable of reproducing. An intact female dog is called a bitch. An intact female cat is called a Queen, and an intact male cat is called a Tom.