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Facts About Spaying/Neutering

All pets should be surgically spayed/neutered for many reasons:

Animal Hospital of Statesville | Facts about Spaying and Neutering

FEMALES (Ovariohysterectomy - Spaying)

  • Prevents signs of estrus (heat).
  • Prevents blood stains on the carpet from the “heat” cycle
  • Decreases surplus of unwanted puppies and kittens.
  • Decreases the chance of developing breast tumors later in life.
  • Eliminates the chance of cystic ovaries and uterine infections
    later in life.

MALES (Castration - Neutering)

  • Decreases the desire to roam the neighborhood.
  • Decreases aggression -- become more loving pets (more affectionate).
  • Decreases incidence of prostate cancer later in life.
  • Prevents odor of tom cat urine.
  • Prevents tom cat spraying and marking furniture and walls.

Your community will also benefit!

Unwanted animals are becoming a very real concern. Stray animals can easily become a public nuisance.
They are soiling parks and streets, ruining shrubs, frightening children or elderly people, creating noise and other disturbances,causing automobile accidents, and sometimes even killing livestock or other pets.As a potential source of rabies and other diseases, they can become a public health hazard.  The capture, impoundment, and eventual destruction of unwanted animals cost taxpayers millions of dollars each year.

Facts about Spaying/Neutering:Animal Hospital of Statesville | Facts about Spaying and Neutering

  • Spaying does NOT cause a pet to get fat or lazy.
    This comes from overfeeding and poor exercise.
  • Personalities are NOT altered by spaying.  
  • Personalities do NOT fully develop until two years of age.
  • Aggressiveness and viciousness are not the result of
    surgery. Personalities will ONLY get better!
  • Surgical risk is very slight due to modern anesthesia and techniques, and we do everything we can to eliminate or prevent potential problems.
  • It is much easier on the pet to be spayed before going through a “heat” cycle, because the reproductive tract is smaller before the first cycle.
  • Best age to spay or neuter pets is 5-6 months of age.
  • Surgery is performed painlessly while your pet is under general anesthesia.  Post surgical pain is minimal and controllable.  Most pets go home the same day surgery is performed.


Is the medical term for “spaying” the female pet.  It is a surgical procedure which removes both the ovaries and the uterus.  In the dog and cat, one of the major reasons for performing the sterilization surgery is to eliminate the annoying “signs of heat” which cause males to be attracted.  If the uterus alone were removed, the pet would still “come into heat,” but could not get pregnant.  Removal of both the ovaries and uterus completely eliminate the annoying signs of being “in heat.”

Animal Hospital of Statesville Spay and Neuter ProcedureCastration

Is the medical term for surgically sterilizing the male dog.  The testicles are removed because they are the major source of male hormones which cause sexual interest, aggression, and urine marking of territory.  Therefore, neutering the male pet provides significant advantage to the pet owner, as well as eliminating the ability to produce unwanted offspring and decreasing the risk of future medical problems, such as prostate enlargement and testicular cancer.  In contrast, in human males, the sperm transport tubes are cut to cause sterility, but the testicles are not removed. This allows men to continue to exhibit male characteristics.

Just as your own doctor would never take you to surgery without first running “screening tests,”
we RECOMMEND a Pre-Surgical Blood Screening
. This test will help to screen, if your pet has a normal heart rhythm, has adequate levels of red blood cells and that the blood clots normally.  It is an optional way you can increase the anesthesia safety for your pet.

Animal Hospital of Statesville Spay and Neuter Procedure

The procedures are performed under “general anesthesia.”  The pet sleeps painlessly through the entire surgical procedure.  Anesthesia choices used in our hospital are comparable to those used in humans undergoing major surgery.  Newer anesthetic choices we use are many times safer than other choices commonly used in some veterinary clinics today.

Surgery is performed in an operating room equipped with monitors, emergency equipment, oxygen and ventilation equipment, and the most modern surgical instruments available.  All surgery is done using sterile gloves, drapes, gowns, and surgical instruments.  Our hospital is committed to quality and therefore maintains high standards for both anesthesia and surgical procedures. 

We are the only hospital in the area to offer the innovative Surgical Laser option for our patients.  If you elect the laser option, your pet will experience less hemorrhage, less swelling, and because the nerve endings are sealed by the laser, less pain.

After surgery, our staff carefully monitors each patient until fully awake and stable.  No pet is dismissed from the hospital until we are satisfied that it is fully recovered from anesthesia.  While the anesthetic procedure provides pain management during and immediately after surgery, pets that receive additional pain control recover better, are more comfortable, and return to normal eating sooner.  For this reason, all pets are provided with appropriate management for their procedures.  You will be given complete, written go-home instructions.  Since many people “price-shop” these procedures, we suggest you be sure all prices quoted elsewhere are “all inclusive,” and that you tour the facility before making your choice.

Animal Hospital of Statesville Spay and Neuter Procedure

The spay/neuter procedure is a
“once-in-a-lifetime” procedure for your pet.
Make sure you get it done right!

Clinic Hours:

Monday  7:00 am to 7:00 pm

(Closed every Mon. 12pm-2pm for CE training)

Tuesday 7:00 am to 7:00 pm
Wednesday 7:00 am to 7:00 pm
Thursday 7:00 am to 7:00 pm
Friday 7:00 am to 6:00 pm
Saturday 8:00 am to 2:00 pm
Sunday Closed


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Pet Resort Hours:

Monday 7:00 am to 6:00 pm
(Closed every Mon. 12pm-2pm for CE training)
Tuesday 7:00 am to 6:00 pm
Wednesday 7:00 am to 6:00 pm
Thursday 7:00 am to 6:00 pm
Friday 7:00 am to 6:00 pm
Saturday 8:00 am to 12:00 pm
Sunday Closed

After hours lodging check out Sat & Sun    

        4:30-5pm excluding holidays

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Animal Hospital Of Statesville
181 Mocksville Hwy
Statesville NC 28625

Telephone: 704.872.3625

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