HomeCat HealthneuteringDo private practice veterinarians desex cats later than shelters and if so why?

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Do private practice veterinarians desex cats later than shelters and if so why? — 2 Comments

  1. I run into this problem in my town. Many veterinarians do not want to fix a cat until 4-6 months of age, usually 6 months of age. This is because they suspect that neutering too young can cause the formation of crystals and urethra shortening issues which could lead to a blockage later in life. These claims have been shot down time and time again by veteran shelter experts, but veterinarians still hold on to these claims. Just think of all of the breeders out in the world who do fix them at 8 weeks – you never hear of this being much of an issue. I feel like shelter veterinarians stay more up to date on recent literature and protocols than veterinarians in private practice might. In all aspects of veterinary care.

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