Ideally, female dogs and cats should be spayed before they have their first heat cycle. Males can be neutered around 6 months.
However, large and giant dog breeds may need to wait until they are at least a year old to undergo spay or neuter surgery to permit more joint stability and structural integrity. Spaying or neutering a larger breed dog too soon may disrupt the growth rate and potentially lead to poor/weak joint development.
Your pet’s age, size, and overall health will help to determine when it is appropriate to have them spayed or neutered. Contact us at (615) 778-0880 to consult with us and discuss your pet’s options!