Pet Spay and Neuter

At North Hills Animal Hospital & Resort, our experienced veterinary team is committed to providing safe, state-of-the-art spay and neuter procedures to promote responsible pet ownership in Raleigh, NC.

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Spaying Female Dogs and Cats

Spaying, also known as ovariohysterectomy, involves the surgical removal of both the ovaries and uterus in female dogs and cats. This procedure is typically performed around 6 months of age before the first heat cycle begins. Spaying offers numerous benefits for your pet’s health and behavior:

  • Prevention of Pregnancy: Spaying eliminates the risk of unwanted litters and helps control pet overpopulation.
  • Elimination of Heat Cycles: Spayed females no longer experience heat periods, reducing the risk of roaming and unwanted attention from male animals.
  • Reduced Risk of Diseases: Spaying significantly reduces the risk of uterine infections, ovarian/uterine tumors, and certain skin disorders, promoting a healthier and longer life for your pet.

Neutering Male Dogs and Cats

Neutering, or castration, involves the surgical removal of the testicles in male dogs and cats. This procedure is typically performed around 6 months of age. Neutering offers several advantages for your pet’s health and behavior:

  • Control of Sexual Activities: Neutering helps control sexual behaviors, reducing roaming, aggression, and the urge to mate.
  • Prevention of Testicular Diseases: Neutering eliminates the risk of common testicular diseases and reduces the likelihood of prostate gland issues in older male pets.
  • Improved Behavior: Neutering often leads to a calmer and more manageable pet, making training and obedience easier for pet owners.

Benefits of Spaying and Neutering

  • Healthier Pets: Spaying and neutering contribute to your pet’s overall health and longevity, reducing the risk of reproductive-related diseases and cancers.
  • Population Control: By spaying and neutering your pets, you help control pet overpopulation and reduce the number of animals entering shelters.
  • Behavioral Benefits: Spayed and neutered pets are less likely to exhibit undesirable behaviors such as roaming, marking territory, and aggression.

When to Consider Spaying and Neutering

Spaying and neutering are recommended for most pets around 6 months of age, but the timing may vary depending on the individual animal and their breed. Discuss your pet’s situation and needs with our veterinary team to create a plan for your companion.