Spay & Neuter

The Importance of Spaying & Neutering

Every year, thousands of stray and unwanted animals are euthanized in shelters across the United States. Many of these deaths are the avoidable result of owners failing to spay and neuter their pets. Even if you keep a close watch on your pet, accidents happen, and unexpected offspring mean more animals that won’t be given the chance at full, happy lives.

Getting your cat or dog spayed or neutered can help end this cycle, and both procedures can have health benefits for pets.


Spaying is a common surgical procedure performed on female cats and dogs. The process is called an ovariohysterectomy and involves removing the patient’s uterus, ovaries, and fallopian tubes, rendering the animal incapable of reproduction. Spaying can have long-term benefits besides preventing unwanted pregnancies.

Benefits of Spaying Your Dog or Cat

  • Prevents unwanted pregnancies
  • Eliminates the risk of ovarian and uterine tumors
  • Removes the possibility of uterine infections, the most common being pyometra


Neutering is performed on male cats and dogs. This process castrates the animal, removing their testicles and making them unable to impregnate females. Neutering is advised when your pet is 4-6 months old but can be performed on older animals as well.

Benefits of Neutering Your Dog or Cat

  • Placates the animal, reducing aggressive behavior and decreasing dominate tendencies
  • Reduces roaming and spraying (territory marking)
  • Eliminates the risk of testicular and prostate tumors

Post-Surgery Expectations:

While less invasive than spaying, neutering still entails a significant medical procedure and subsequent recovery time. Post-surgery care may involve pain management, and it’s common for pets to display lethargy for the first few days. Vigilance is essential to prevent licking or biting of the incision, reducing the risk of infection. All neutered pets are sent home with prescribed pain medication.

By emphasizing the importance of spaying and neutering, we not only curb overpopulation but also contribute to the overall health and well-being of beloved pets, ensuring they lead fulfilling and healthy lives.

Timeline for Spaying & Neutering

While the conventional recommendation often advises spaying or neutering a pet around the age of 6 months, at Big Creek Animal Hospital, we prioritize individualized care tailored to your pet’s specific needs. Our experienced veterinarians understand that each animal is unique, considering factors such as breed, size, health status, and overall well-being.

We’re committed to collaborating with you to determine the most suitable timing for your pet’s spaying or neutering procedure. By taking into account various aspects such as growth rate, breed characteristics, and health considerations, we aim to provide personalized recommendations that align with your pet’s optimal health.

Our goal is to ensure the well-being and long-term health of your beloved companion, and our veterinarians will work closely with you to assess the ideal timing for this important procedure.

Make An Appointment to Spay or Neuter Your Pet Today

To learn more about spaying and neutering, or to schedule an appointment, contact us at 470-839-9700.

What's Next

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    Call us or schedule an appointment online.

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    Meet with a doctor for an initial exam.

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    Put a plan together for your pet.