When or if your pet needs to have surgery, you can count on our team to go above and beyond to keep them safe, comfortable, and anxiety-free. Daleville Animal Hospital is outfitted with a first-class surgical suite, where we routinely perform all kinds of procedures, including spay and neuter surgeries, mass removals, and even some orthopedics. Additionally, we comply with the American Animal Hospital Association’s strict surgical guidelines to ensure the best possible experience for your companion.
Why We Spay and Neuter in Daleville, AL
There are a couple of reasons why we recommend spay and neuter surgery for dogs and cats. In addition to preventing unwanted pregnancies and litters, spaying and neutering also help to reduce the risk of certain cancers and infections. Reducing these risks can extend your pet’s life, and save them from costly treatments later.
Additional Spay and Neuter Benefits
Along with potentially preventing serious illness in your pet, spaying and neutering can also improve their behavior. Their personality won’t change, but following sterilization, they should be less likely to engage in hormonal behaviors, including:
- Vocalizing (barking, howling, or caterwauling in the case of cats)
- Spraying urine indoors
- Attempting to escape outside to find a mating partner
- Mounting furniture or other animals
When to Spay and Neuter
At Daleville Animal Hospital, we consult with pet owners to determine the best time for spaying and neutering. Large and extra-large breed dogs should wait until they are 12-18 months old before having their surgery, as their bones and joints need more time to grow. Spaying and neutering before they’ve finished growing can result in underdeveloped joints and mobility issues. Also, since larger dogs are more prone to a condition known as “gastric dilatation-volvulus,” or stomach flipping, we can perform a gastropexy procedure to prevent this at the same time as their spay/neuter.