Should Pet Monkeys Be Neutered? [A Vet Weighs In]

The debate rages on about whether or not pet monkeys should be neutered. A lot of people do not think it is fair to neuter a monkey, but others do believe that it is necessary for the health and safety of the animal. The question has been asked by many different people with varying opinions, so I decided to just visit my local vet, and here is what Dr. John had to say:

Should pet monkeys be neutered?

Pet Monkeys should be neutered, and while monkeys can be neutered at any age, it’s highly recommended to neuter or spay your monkey once they are six months old when they are old enough to handle anesthesia and have not reached sexual maturity yet. Neutering Monkeys benefits them and your family. 

But how does neutering your monkey help them and your family? And isn’t it cruel to neuter a monkey at such a young age?

There is still plenty of questions to answer, so grab a cup of coffee and buckle up as we answer all of these questions in the simplest way possible.

Why should pet monkeys be neutered?

capuchin monkey to show why should pet monkeys be neutered or spayed

Neutering male monkeys prevents them from impregnating female monkeys, and it will help limit and control behavioral issues such as dominant behavior and aggressiveness.

Neuters also decrease the chance of some cancers in male monkeys. It can also prevent them from contracting life-threatening uterine infections later in life.

Spaying your female monkey prevents unwanted pregnancy and eliminates behavioral changes that occur during her cycle (being in heat). Spays also help to avoid a number of serious health problems, including some types of cancer and deadly uterine infections.

Breast tumors are prevalent among monkeys. Your female monkey will have a lower chance of developing this type of tumor if she is spayed before the first heat cycle.

Generally, spaying or neutering your monkey will help them be calmer and more stable, make them easier to train, and prevent certain health issues. These will all lead to healthier, happier, and longer lives for them.

How spaying or neutering your monkey benefits you

Spaying or neutering the monkey makes it safer for your family to live with a monkey. Neutered monkeys are less likely to attack and be aggressive, and they are less likely to turn on their owners, although it will remain a possibility nonetheless.

Neutered monkeys are also less likely to run away from house since they won’t have the urge to find a sexual mate, and so they are less likely to run away and contract diseases and viruses that can later be transmitted to you. You can learn about the diseases monkeys can transfer to humans here.

How safe is the procedure of spaying or neutering monkeys?

Spaying and neutering are very common surgical procedures. The danger of complications is quite low in young, healthy animals. Our skilled practitioners and personnel go to great lengths to guarantee your pet’s safety before, during, and after surgery.

Despite the newest technology and all of the precautions we take to ensure safe anesthesia, every anesthetic operation has some degree of risk. Most anesthetic problems are caused by underlying liver, kidney, or heart diseases that can’t be detected on a physical examination.

Although these issues are uncommon in monkeys under 1 year of age, vets can utilize pre-surgical blood tests to assist us in detecting underlying issues before surgery.

Is the procedure of spaying or neutering monkeys painful?

Minimal discomfort is expected and recovery time is very quick after most spay and neuter operations. Any hospital staff will take pain management in consideration and will do their best so the animal feels the least pain it could feel.

If you visit a competent veterinarian, he or she will make the tiniest incision feasible to minimize post-operative discomfort. They’ll also usually give antiinflammatory medications to your monkey after he or She leaves the hospital for pain alleviation.

How much does it cost to spay or neuter a monkey?

It can cost you from $500 to $2,000 to spay or neuter your monkey depending on their age, the vet your choose, the tests needed, and if there are any complications to the surgery or extra medications needed.

Conclusion: You Should Spay or Neuter your Monkeys

Vets agree that It’s a good idea to neuter or spay your pet if you are not planning on breeding them because it can help them live a longer and healthier life, as well as make them easier to manage.

The process of spaying or neutering is very low-risk and will lead to a calmer and quieter animal. It’s better to spay or neuter your monkey as soon as they are old enough for the anesthesia.

Spaying or neutering your monkey can help them be calmer and more stable, easier to train and avoid certain health concerns. These factors will result in longer, healthier, happier lives for them.

Thank you to Dr.John for answering my many questions, and I hope you found this helpful. If you did, feel free to share it.

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