Why Should I Spay or Neuter My Pet?

Learn about the benefits of pet spay and neuterALL pets not intended for planned breeding programs should be surgically spayed or neutered by your veterinarian. In addition to improved health and behavior resulting from these procedures, you will be doing your part to prevent further unwanted puppies and kittens. Millions of unwanted dogs and cats are euthanized each year because there are simply not enough good homes available for all the adoptable pets.

Pet Spay and Neuter FAQs

What are the Benefits of Spaying or Neutering My Pet?


  • No unplanned or unwanted pregnancy
  • Prevents signs of heat cycles – dogs have periodic bleeding during heat cycles (every 6 months)
  • Decreases the incidence of mammary/breast cancer by 80% if spay performed before the 1st heat cycle
  • Eliminates possibility of cystic ovaries
  • Eliminates possibility of uterine infection (life threatening!)


  • No unplanned or unwanted pregnancy
  • Decreases desire to roam
  • Decreases the incidence of prostate disease, and the possibility of testicular diseases are eliminated
  • Decreases odor of tomcat urine
  • Can prevent spraying in male cats and marking in male dogs
  • Prevents undesirable sexual behavior
  • Decreases aggression
  • Decreases formation of testosterone-sensitive tumors and hernias

Hear Mandie Curty talk about the importance of spaying or neutering your pet

All efforts are taken to ensure that your pet is healthy before anesthesia and surgery is performed. Pre-anesthetic bloodwork can be performed to better ensure that your pet will be able to process the anesthesia normally, and there are no underlying diseases that would affect your pet’s health. Spaying and neutering can cause minor discomfort for your pet. Medication is used during surgery and is available to use at home to lessen any discomfort s/he will encounter.

Pet Spay and Neuter Videos

Here are two videos of Animal Care Center’s Dr. Ashley Bowers performing a dog spay and a dog neuter.
DISCLAIMER: These are videos of animal surgeries and as such are graphic in nature.

Dog Spay

Dog Neuter