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Why should I spay/neuter my pets? 


At BarburVet, we are committed to giving your pets the best possible care. We also strive to educate pet owners so they can better understand and care for their pets. One of the most important talks with your veterinary is about spaying or neutering. Below are some basic facts about the process and some things you should keep in mind when discussing altering your pets. As always, we encourage you to call or make an appointment to discuss any questions you may have. We are happy to help! 


  • Spaying is the removal of the uterus and ovaries (ovariohysterectomy) or just the ovaries (ovariectomy) in a female patient. 
  • Neutering is the removal of the testes in a male patient.
  • Spaying/Neutering a pet greatly decreases their risk for many cancers and diseases associated with the reproductive organs. 
  • The time of the spay and neuter for dogs is changing and dependent on the development of your pet. As an AAHA hospital we keep abreast of the recent studies and research and practice medicine accordingly.   As your pet's veterinarian I will discuss the pros and cons of the different times in development to perform the neuter or spay. 
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  • Cats should be spayed and neutered around 6 months of age
  • Female dogs should not be spayed while they are in heat. We must wait 2-3 months after the heat cycle is complete to do the surgery. There is no waiting period for cats. 

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