Dr. Harmon Rogers, the director of WSU's Veterinary Teaching Hospital in Pullman, is answering this week's question.

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Dr. Harmon Rogers, the director of WSU’s Veterinary Teaching Hospital in Pullman, is answering this week’s question.

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Question: Can a cat or dog be spayed or neutered at too young an age? At what age should they be altered?:

Answer: The short answers are: 1) Yes, spaying or neutering can be done at too young an age; and 2) surgical altering should be done before a pet is involved in producing an unwanted litter.

Now, while this may seem equivocal or confusing, I urge the readers to press on.

First, deciding what to do for any specific pet may be difficult.