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Pet Spay and Neuter


How Spay and Neuter Surgery Benefits Your Pet

Spay and neuter surgery for cats and dogs has a wide range of benefits that go beyond the obvious of avoiding unwanted litters. By removing your pet’s reproductive organs, they avoid the risk of dangerous cancers and diseases, as well as live longer, happier lives when not ruled by their desire to mate. Additionally, fewer unwanted litters mean fewer pets in shelters who may never find a home, so spaying and neutering your pet has benefits beyond your cat or dog. At Franklin Farm Veterinary Clinic in Herndon, we offer safe, effective surgeries for your pets.

Breaking Down the Benefits

With a spay and neuter surgery, your pet becomes a better, healthier companion. They receive both medical and behavioral benefits that allow them to spend more quality time with you. Some of the benefits include:


  • No heat cycles
  • No desire to roam to find a mate
  • Less likely to exhibit urine-marking behavior
  • Reduced risk of mammary gland tumors
  • No risk of pyometra, a dangerous uterine infection
  • No risk of ovarian, cervical, or uterine cancers

Two puppies running together outside: Spay and Neuter in Herndon


  • Lessened aggression
  • No desire to roam to find a mate
  • Less likely to exhibit urine-marking behavior
  • Less likely to exhibit mounting behavior
  • Reduced risk of prostate problems
  • No risk of testicular cancer

When to Have Your Pet Spayed or Neutered

The general timeline for a spay or neuter surgery is at about 6 months of age. However, different factors warrant an earlier or later surgery. For instance, female pets receive more health benefits if they are spayed before their first heat cycle, which can occur as early as 4 months of age in kittens. Therefore, an earlier spay is better for their long-term health. Meanwhile, some larger breed dogs are better off if they have a later surgery after they have reached the end of their growth phase. Reproductive hormone help control their growth rate, so a later surgery at about 12-18 months of age is ideal. Please schedule an appointment at (703) 435- 3335 for your puppy or kitten to discuss their options and an appropriate timeline that will benefit them best!


Franklin Farm Veterinary Clinic

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