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A spay procedure or, ovariohysterectomy, is the surgical removal of a female dog or cat’s ovaries and uterus. While it is an abdominal surgery requiring anesthesia, it is one of the most commonly performed surgeries within a veterinary hospital. Spays are typically performed BEFORE a puppy or kitten’s first heat cycle (around 6 months of age). The following are important benefits of spaying your female puppy or kitten: