Spay & Neuter

While spaying and neutering are the most common pet operations, many people know little about them aside from the fact that they prevent unwanted litters of puppies and kittens. At Hickory Grove Animal Hospital, we believe these procedures are important and that information regarding them should be readily available to pet parents. If you are thinking about having your pet spayed or neutered in Charlotte, we are here to help you better understand just how beneficial these procedures are for your pet.

The Benefits of
Spaying and Neutering

Spaying and neutering are procedures for sterilizing pets. Spaying is the procedure for females, and it involves removing the ovaries, fallopian tubes, and uterus. The procedure for males is known as “neutering,” and it removes the testicles.

While these operations are primarily intended to prevent pregnancy, they provide several other benefits. In males, neutering helps reduce aggression, roaming, territorial marking, and general hard-headedness. It also eliminates or reduces problems involving the reproductive system, such as prostate and other cancers.

In females, spaying eliminates the risk of several diseases of the reproductive system and lowers the chance of mammary cancer. It can also improve behavior by reducing the urge to roam, howl to attract males, or mark territory. It also prevents heat cycles.

In both males and females, the benefits are greatest when the procedure is performed early in life. Our Charlotte veterinarians recommend having pets spayed or neutered at as young as six months of age. While it’s never too late to have your pet fixed, older pets would be more susceptible to complications.

Spaying and Neutering in Charlotte

For spaying and neutering in Charlotte, look no further than the expert team at Hickory Grove Animal Hospital. If you have any questions or would like to schedule your dog or cat’s appointment, we encourage you to contact us today.

Experienced Veterinarian in Charlotte

Hickory Grove Animal Hospital provides spaying and neutering for dogs and cats in Charlotte and the surrounding areas, including Matthews, Mint Hill, Plaza Midwood, NoDa, Harrisburg, and the University area.