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Spay & Neuter Surgery Benefits Your Pets

Spay and neuter surgeries offer many more benefits to your pet than you may realize. While the obvious benefit is that it keeps your pet from producing unwanted litters (which curbs the problem of pet overpopulation in Arab, Guntersville, Cullman, and the surrounding areas), it also offers a range of medical and behavioral benefits. At our animal hospital, we perform spays and neuters with extensive safety precautions to ensure the procedure goes as smoothly as possible and your pet has a quick recovery.

Dog dogs with a rope toy: Spay and Neuter in Arab

Giving Pets Longer, Happier Lives

Female pets:

  • Do not experience messy and frustrating (for both them and you!) heat cycles
  • Are less likely to engage in urine-marking behavior
  • Have a reduced risk of mammary gland tumors
  • Are no longer at risk of ovarian or uterine cancers
  • Have zero risk of developing pyometra (a serious uterine infection)

Male pets:

  • Are less likely to engage in urine marking or mounting behavior
  • Are generally less aggressive
  • Have a reduced risk of prostate problems
  • Are no longer at risk of testicular cancer

Spaying and neutering do not alter your pet’s personality or their natural instincts to protect their home and family. Its benefits far outweigh the risks!

Young kitten in a foster program until he's old enough for adoption.  About 5-6 weeks old here.

What to Expect After Surgery

Once your puppy or kitten is ready to go home after surgery, they will need a bit of TLC to help their recovery go smoothly. Firstly, make sure they have a quiet, secluded place to rest for the first 24 hours or so after their procedure. They may be a bit lethargic and not eat very much when they first come home but will perk up after about a day or two. Even though they may be back to their playful selves, it’s important to keep them from any excessive exercise such as running and jumping or play-fighting with other pets for about a week to 10 days as this may worsen their surgery wound. Also, be sure to monitor the incision site and make sure it's healing properly.

For any questions about your pet’s spay and neuter surgery, their recovery, or any concerns you may have, please feel free to contact us!

"The doctors and staff at AVH are phenomenal! They have shown the utmost care for my animals as well as my family. I couldn’t ask for my dogs and cats to be in any better care than they have provided for years. Highly, highly recommend!" - Chris H.

"Can't begin to say how awesome everyone is. So amazing. ALL staff was fantastic. They love your dog too! The doctors are incredible and gave my dog a new life. They are always there when you call and I thank you all so much." - Elizabeth H.

"Took my goat in for an exam. Dr. Harney took his time and held a real conversion with me about his health. I feel some doctors just scan over your animal then tell you do this thing. But Dr. Harney took time to go over options and testing and treatments. 10/10 will recommend." - Elise R.

"The place is gorgeous! I could hang out on their porch swings all afternoon, but the love and care of the staff far exceed all of their beautiful decor and furnishings! We love the Browns!" - Melissa C.

"Excellent facility, excellent Veterinarians and staff. I would not take my pets to any other veterinary practice. Thank you Dr. Brown and Dr. Zeiger and everyone at Arab Veterinary Hospital for making a trip to the vet both informative and friendly!" - Charlie H.

"We brought our dachshund Emily in just before New Year’s for emergency care because she was unable to move her left side.  Dr. Zeiger helped guide us in choosing an appropriate medical plan and a therapeutic response interval.  The third day, we began to see the improvement he had hoped for.  She continues to improve and now only has a slight limp.  I want to thank him for his insightful care and compassion during a difficult time for our family.  His love for animals was evident that day and very much appreciated.  We are so very thankful he was available." - Nikki B 

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