Spay and Neuter


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.

Spay and Neuter in Arab: two cute spaniel puppies retrieving a rope toy together

Giving Pets Longer, Happier Lives

With spay and neuter surgeries, your pet can live a longer, healthier, and happier life with you. Pets lose the desire to mate which helps you keep them safe, as intact pets typically escape more often in their efforts to find a mate. Escapes are more the just a nuisance, they can put your pet in harm’s way, such as oncoming traffic or run-ins with feral animals.

Spay and neuter surgeries also benefit your pet in the following ways:

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!

Spay and Neuter in Arab: 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!


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