Why We Spay and Neuter Dogs and Cats in Hingham, MA

Preventing animal shelter overcrowding and pet overpopulation remains a serious and relevant issue in our community. While the number of dogs and cats that are humanely euthanized each year in shelters has decreased, there is still a lot of work to do. At Old Derby Animal Hospital, we spay and neuter dogs and cats not only to decrease overpopulation and euthanasias here in Hingham, MA but to improve their health, too.

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Spay and Neuter Dogs and cats in Hingham, MA

How Spaying and Neutering are Beneficial to Pets

When it comes to spaying and neutering, you may want to know: What’s in it for my pet? Research has found that spayed and neutered dogs and cats may in fact live longer lives as a result of their procedures.

Spaying Females

  • Prevents future heat cycles (which can be messy and frustrating for owners) and pregnancy altogether
  • Prevents uterine and ovarian cancers
  • Reduces the risk of mammary cancer
  • Reduces the risk of your dog/cat escaping and roaming in search of a mate (which could put them at risk of getting hit by a car or attacked by another dog/cat or wild animal)

Neutering Males

  • Can reduce aggression fueled by excessive testosterone production
  • Prevents testicular cancer and prostate cancer
  • Reduces the potential for inappropriate behaviors such as urine marking and spraying, and mounting
  • Reduces the risk of your dog or cat escaping and roaming to search for a mate (which could put them at risk of getting struck by a car or attacked by another dog, cat, or wild animal)
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It was the first time I've ever boarded my dog and the staff was so great! He was taken care of better than if he was home! Thank you so much!

Kathy T.

Dog Spay and Neuter in Hingham, MA

Figuring Out When to Spay/Neuter Your Pet

While it is important to have your pet spayed or neutered sooner rather than later, some breeds need more time before they can undergo surgery. This is especially true for large dog breeds--they need to reach skeletal maturity and develop their hormones properly first. Failure to wait can have long-term consequences for their health.


Together, you and your veterinarian can decide on the best time to spay or neuter your pet. To get in touch, simply call (781) 749-2800!