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Difference Between Spay and Neuter

Spay vs Neuter

Pets are already a part of a family. Dogs, cats, and whatever wild pets people have, these animals can provide us joy, laughter, and companionship. Some pets are also life savers to the point of sacrificing their lives for their masters. This is very true especially if one is watching television.

It is quite interesting to note that there are such terms such as spay and neuter. For the layman, it may be an unknown word. For a veterinarian, he or she can explain it well.

Spaying and neutering is the process of extracting the reproductive organs of cats and dogs just to give a simple explanation about these terminologies.

In the process of spaying, the female reproductive organ is being removed. In the process of neutering, the male reproductive organ is being extracted or being removed. This is usually the major difference between “spay” and “neuter.”

To be more specific, in neutering, the testicles are being removed from that animal. We all know that the testes are the source of the sperm cells. In spaying, the ovaries and uterus are being removed so that the animal will have no chance of reproducing.

The medical term for spaying is hystero-oophorectomy or the removal of uterus and ovaries. For neutering, the medical term is orchiectomy or the removal of the testicles. Familiarizing yourself with these terminologies will help you be able to correctly identify the type of surgery that will be performed.

Spaying and neutering requires the animal to be at least six months old in order for it to be performed on the animal. This is according to the American Humane Association.

So what is the purpose of neutering and spaying? This is to control the animal population according to the American Veterinary Medical Association. Second, this is to have a better general health for your pet.


1.Spaying and neutering are done in animals.
2.Spaying is the extraction of the sex organs of female animals while neutering is the extraction of the sex organs of male animals.
3.In spaying, the uterus and ovaries are being removed while in neutering it’s the testicles that are being removed.
4.Spaying and neutering can be done at six months of age in animals.

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  1. What I find so intreseintg is you could never find this anywhere else.

  2. So why do they say Trap Neuter & Release (TNR)? Do they not spay females?

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