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By Tanya Fyfe DVM
Associate veterinarian at Clark Fork Veterinary Clinic 

Questions on spaying and neutering your pet answered

Pet Lyfe with Dr. Fyfe


January 19, 2023

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Tanya Fyfe, DVM, Associate veterinarian at Clark Fork Veterinary Clinic

Small animal spays and neuters are the most frequently performed surgeries in most standard veterinary practices. While these procedures have been done routinely for several years there are some theories that have been challenged in the veterinary world. There are also some pet parents who question whether they should have their pet altered.

There was a general rule to spay (remove the ovaries and uterus in a female) or neuter (a general term to alter either a female or male but is mostly used in referencing removal of a male's testicles) a cat or dog around the age of 6 months. In shelt...

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