What is the Best Age to Neuter?

Despite much research on the topic, there remains no set “best” age to neuter. The best thing to do is discuss the issue with your veterinarian. There are breed specific issues that come into play when considering spay/neuter timing. If the caregiver’s main goal is to avoid heat cycles, breeding or unwanted behavior, many veterinarians are recommending surgical altering at 6 months of age. Some owners opt to wait until pets are 1-5 years old. Some do not neuter at all. For shelter and rescue groups, pediatric spay/neuter (8 weeks of age) is the norm to prevent overpopulation.

Posted by
Lori Cobb, VMD