Cat and Dog Spay and Neuter in Acworth, GA

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If there’s one surgery that virtually every pet needs for their health, it’s the spay/neuter procedure. At Mills Animal Hospital, we begin discussing the need for spay and neuter surgery early in your pet’s development. It’s especially important to spay female dogs and cats at the proper time, which is usually before the first heat cycle. Since every pet has a unique situation and health history, we take special care to discuss your pet’s needs and inform you about the process and benefits of spaying and neutering. Our team is always happy to answer your questions and help you follow the right treatment path for your pet.

Still have questions about spay and neuter surgery? Make an appointment by calling (770) 903-5995 or following the link below.

What Happens When My Pet is Spayed or Neutered?

Cat and dog spay and neuter surgeries involve removing the reproductive organs to prevent pregnancies and reduce the risk of various cancers and infections. In the case of females, we remove the ovaries and uterus. For male pets, we remove the testicles.

Spay surgeries tend to be more invasive than neuters, but both males and females should be given at least a week of downtime at home to recover.

How Does My Pet Benefit from Being Spayed/Neutered?

The primary reason for spaying and neutering is to prevent unwanted litters of puppies and kittens. With so many animals ending up in shelters each year, spaying and neutering are the most humane ways to reduce overpopulation. Additionally, spay and neuter surgeries can have a positive impact on your pet’s health and longevity. Removing the reproductive organs can prevent or reduce certain diseases, including mammary gland tumors (breast cancer), ovarian and uterine cancer, pyometra (a uterine infection that can affect females), testicular cancer, and prostate issues.

Certain unpleasant behaviors can also be reduced or eliminated, such as aggressiveness, vocalizing, roaming, mounting, and urine marking.

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Will Spaying or Neutering My Pet Change Their Personality?

A prevailing myth is that spaying or neutering your pet will alter their personality, but this is not the case. Spay and neuter surgeries can limit or prevent hormonal behaviors like those listed above, but it does not affect personality. Whether your pet is naturally mellow or bubbly, that should not change with surgery.

For more information about spaying and neutering dogs and cats, get in touch with us at (770) 903-5995!