Spay and Neuter
We’re passionate about helping pets spend as many years as possible with their families. As part of your pet’s care, we recommend spaying or neutering, which has the potential to lengthen their lifespan by a year or more. At Animal Hospital of Waynesboro, we hold that spay and neuter surgeries are essential for all pets. Along with the health benefits they provide, they also ensure fewer unexpected pregnancies and overcrowded animal shelters.
I love Animal Hospital of Waynesboro and would recommend them to anyone who needs a doctor for their four legged babies. I truly don't think there's a better veterinary practice in the Shenandoah Valley. - JULIE B.
Great service. The doctors are gentle and really care for Jenny. - BRIAN & DAWN R.
They are the best and they have such compassion for their patients. - Susie B.
You have always treated my animal family with love and care and kindness that way I tell everyone about you guys. - ALICE H.
Everyone here is wonderful! They genuinely care for my dog and take great care of him. They really go the extra mile to make you feel like your part of their family. - Amy M.
We are loving the new facility and we have always loved the care shown to our pup. Thank you for what you do! - KALA/THOMAS D.
Love this animal hospital. Would only go here for all my animals and even told friends and family to go here because of the doc. And vet tech are awesome.- BARBARA & H. LEE D.
We always have a great experience at Animal Hospital. They truly care and take an interest in our pets.- HANNAH & JOSEPH W.
They are always very attentive to the patient and always explains everything so we easily understand.- VIRGIL & SUSAN P.
Hunter is very wary of people due to his being a rescue dog that was abused. The staff at Waynesboro animal Hospital won him over, and took excellent care of him.- STEVE & GINNY D.
Being a visitor and this not being my regular veterinarian, I can't say enough good things about Dr. Lorenz and Kim! The knowledge, care, compassion, and time was outstanding. This sets a new standard to the way veterinarian medicine should be practiced! Thank you so much!
- JILL V.
How Spaying and Neutering Make Life Better for Pets
What kind of benefits can you expect after your pet has been spayed or neutered?
- Spayed females cannot become pregnant or go into heat
- They are less at risk for breast cancer
- They will not be at risk for developing pyometra, a serious infection of the uterus
- Females are also less likely to go roaming in search of a mate
- Neutered males are less likely to become aggressive (due to lower testosterone levels), especially around females in heat
- They are less at risk for prostate problems
- They will not be at risk for testicular cancer
- Males are also less likely to spray (cats) or mark their territory (dogs) in the house with strong-smelling urine
- They are less likely to roam in search of a mate, which puts them at risk for getting attacked by another animal or getting hit by a car
Will My Pet Act Different?
Spaying and neutering have no effect on your pet’s intelligence or personality. They can, however, reduce or eliminate certain behaviors associated with hormones and natural instincts. A highly energetic pet is not likely to become mellow and docile after their surgery, and vice versa.
How Soon Should My Pet Be Spayed or Neutered?
Your pet’s health and development dictate when they should be spayed or neutered, which could be anywhere from 6 to 12 months old. While it is possible to spay and neuter pets that are well into adulthood, they are at a higher risk for surgical complications and diseases.
We would love to give you more information about how spaying and neutering can help pets. Just give us a call at (540) 943-3081.