Spay and Neuter Services for Dogs and Cats in Waynesboro

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 for dogs and cats, 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.

Dog and her puppies

Spaying and Neutering Makes Life Better for Dogs and Cats

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 Dog or Cat 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 dogs and cats 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.

Veterinarian examining a puppy before neuter surgery
Dog on an exam table: Spay and Neuter in Waynesboro