If you are not planning on showing your pet, it is recommended that they be surgically sterilized. Early spay (females) or neuter (males) surgery can prevent diseases such as pyometra (infection of the uterus), prostatis, and cancer of the mammary glands or testes. Although early spay and neuter is practiced at many shelters and animal control agencies, we recommend dogs and cats undergo surgery at about six months of age, preferably before the first heat period.
Animal shelters across the country are continually faced with having to euthanize animals due to overpopulation. You can help decrease this burden by having your pet spayed or neutered.