Spaying and Neutering FAQs

At Preventive Paws Spay Center in Mt. Arlington, NJ, we provide various surgical procedures, such as spaying and neutering, to improve your pet’s overall health. These procedures help prevent unwanted liters and certain diseases in cats and dogs. Before you visit us, take a look at some frequently asked questions about spaying and neutering below:


What is the difference between spaying and neutering?

While both procedures help prevent pregnancy, spaying is performed on female animals and neutering on males. When an animal is spayed, the uterus and ovaries are removed. Neutering involves the removal of the testicles.

At what age should my pet be spayed or neutered?

Pets can be spayed or neutered as young as 8 weeks old. However, many pet owners wait until 6-9 months depending on the size and breed. It's recommended that female cats be spayed by 5 months.

Is spaying and neutering safe?

Whenever anesthesia is used, there is an element of risk. With spaying and neutering, that risk is extremely low. It's one of the most common surgeries and our vet will ensure that your pet stays safe and comfortable. We will also perform an exam to make sure your pet is healthy enough for surgery and monitor it closely during the procedure.

What are the benefits of spaying and neutering?

Besides preventing pregnancy, spaying and neutering provide other benefits as well. The procedures can help lower negative behaviors like howling, roaming, and aggression. Females will also not have heat cycles, which can cause them discomfort. Additionally, spayed and neutered animals have a longer lifespan than non-spayed or neutered pets.

How long is the recovery time?

Pets generally feel better about 24 to 48 hours after surgery, but it will take anywhere from 10 to 14 days for a full recovery. Our vet will also offer post-operative care instructions to help your cat or dog heal properly.

Contact Us for an Appointment Today

To learn more about spaying and neutering, contact Preventive Paws Spay Center in Mt. Arlington, NJ, at (973) 513-7887 today. We are happy to tell you more about these surgeries and set you up with a consultation. When you need a veterinarian near me, our team looks forward to assisting you!

Preventive Paws Spay Center


180 Howard Blvd #4,
Mt Arlington, NJ 07856


7:30 am - 5:30 pm


7:30 am - 5:30 pm


7:30 am - 5:30 pm


7:30 am - 5:30 pm


9:00 am - 4:00 pm





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