What are the best ages to spay or neuter pets?

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Puppy getting medical checkup
In addition to helping to control homelessness, spaying and neutering companion animals may have medical and behavioral benefits. Valley News/Courtesy photo
TEMECULA – Animal overpopulation is a concern that affects the well-being of pets. The ASPCA said letting animals reproduce unchecked can lead to pet homelessness that results in millions of healthy cats and dogs being euthanized in the United States and Canada each year. In addition to helping to control homelessness, spaying and neutering companion animals may have medical and behavioral benefits. As valuable as spaying and neutering can be, the procedures are not without potential complications. Responsible pet owners must weigh the pros and cons of spaying and neutering with a qualified animal professional. Many veterinarians now recommend female and male dogs be spayed or neutered between the ages of six to nine months. Some vets recommended puppies can be neutered as young as
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