Why Should You Spay & Neuter Dogs & Cats in McMurray, PA

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At Pleasant Valley Veterinary Clinic, we are passionate about guiding pet owners through the essential care practices that keep pets healthy and happy. Spaying and neutering are fundamental procedures for most dogs, cats, and small mammals, marking their transition into adulthood. Our team recommends these surgeries with careful consideration of each pet's health, breed, age, and individual needs because we know a tailored approach is necessary for each animal.

Curious about spaying or neutering your pet? Call us at (724) 941-5484 or request an appointment online!

How Soon Should You Spay or Neuter Your Pet?

We take a personalized approach at PVVC to determine the best time for spaying or neutering your pet. Recognizing that each pet is unique, we do not adhere strictly to the six-month mark often recommended unless it benefits the patient personally.

Instead, we consider several factors such as your pet’s breed, size, weight, and overall health. The timing of the heat cycle in females also influences our recommendation. Our primary objective is to ensure the surgery is performed safely and at the most beneficial time for your pet.

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The Benefits of Spaying & Neutering

Spaying and neutering are primarily intended to prevent unwanted litters, but these procedures also benefit your pet’s health in several ways. At Pleasant Valley Veterinary Clinic, we aim to maximize the advantages of spaying and neutering for your pet’s well-being.

Key benefits of spay and neuter surgeries include:


  • Reduced risk of mammary gland tumors and ovarian or uterine cancers
  • Elimination of the risk of pyometra, a severe uterine infection that is a risk for any un-spayed female
  • No heat cycles


  • Elimination of testicular cancer risk
  • Decreased risk of prostate cancer
  • Reduced occurrence of certain hormonal behaviors such as aggression, excessive vocalization, mounting, and roaming

These benefits contribute to a healthier and happier life for your pet. If you have any questions or need further information, our team is here to assist you. Just call us at (724) 941-5484 or schedule an appointment online to speak with your vet in person!