Dear Dr. Baum —
We just had a litter of six puppies at our house. How old should they be when we get them neutered and spayed? Thanks!
Harriet, Chicago, IL
Dear Harriet —
The same rule applies when considering what’s the best age to neuter or spay puppies or kittens — both dogs and cats can be spayed and neutered at five months of age. If you know that you do not want your female dog or cat to have babies, there is a big health benefit to get them spayed before their first heat. By doing it at that time the incidence of breast tumors is virtually eliminated.
NOTE: If you live in the Los Angeles area and you are interested in spaying or neutering your pet, please check our regular low cost spay-neuter clinics