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Position Statement on Pediatric Sterilization

The BC SPCA supports early-age spay/neuter for dogs and cats in the care of an animal shelter. Performing pre-pubertal procedures allows animal welfare organisations to prevent excess litters by ensuring animals are neutered before adoption, thereby combating further overpopulation and reducing the need to euthanize unwanted animals.

The BC SPCA believes pediatric sterilization to be appropriate with the following qualifications:

  • The procedure takes place between 8 and 16 weeks of age;
  • The animal has reached sufficient weight (minimum of 1 kg);
  • In the opinion of the attending veterinarian, the animal is clinically normal and healthy prior to surgery; and
  • Proper surgical protocols specific to these young animals are employed.

Approved by the Board of Directors – December 2009