Spay and Neuter

Spay and Neuter Services in Decatur, AL, at Bryan Animal Clinic

If you are looking for a remarkable veterinarian for spay and neuter services in Decatur, AL, or the surrounding communities of Madison and Hartstelle, look no further than Bryan Animal Clinic. Our experienced team of vets consists of Dr. James Norwood Bryan and Dr. Harry Greenbaum, and they recognize the importance of having cats and dogs spayed or neutered. Not only does sterilization help control the pet population, but the procedure itself affords most animals an array of health benefits for life.


What Does Pet Spaying and Neutering Involve?

Spaying and neutering are relatively simple procedures that we can take care of right here at our animal clinic in Decatur during an in-office visit in most cases. Female animals are considered spayed after minor surgery to remove the uterus and ovaries, which effectively sterilizes them for life. Male animals are neutered for sterilization, which involves the removal of the testicles from the sac.

To make sure that your pet is healthy enough for the procedure, our veterinarians will examine them thoroughly and run a few tests. During the operation, your furry friend will be monitored and given anesthesia, IV fluids, and pain medication. Once they wake up post-surgery, your pet will likely be given the okay to return home the very same day. Within a few days, they’ll be back to their normal routine.

Health and Behavioral Benefits of Spaying and Neutering

In the grander scheme of things, sterilizing your pet helps reduce the pet population, and the procedure costs much less than caring for a whole litter of animals. However, you might be more interested in the benefits that pets directly experience, which may include the following:

  • Pets tend to wander less and reduce primal urges brought on by sexual instincts to mate
  • Females who are spayed don’t go into heat, which attracts males and can source a bloody discharge
  • Males who are neutered tend to be less aggressive, and cats often cease territorial marking (spraying)
  • Sterilization can prevent numerous cancers, including breast cancer and testicular cancer
  • Spaying and neutering help stave off infections of the reproductive system

When Should Pets Be Spayed or Neutered?

Veterinary experts suggest that most puppies and kittens can be sterilized at around 8 weeks of age, and recommend doing so by age five months for cats and around six to nine months for pups for optimal benefits. However, it’s never too late to undergo the procedure if the pet is in good health.

Schedule Spay and Neuter Services at Bryan Animal Clinic Today

Dr. James Norwood Bryan and Dr. Harry Greenbaum have performed countless sterilizations for pets in and around Decatur, Hartselle, and Madison, AL. Call Bryan Animal Clinic at 256-350-0311 or contact us online to schedule an appointment for your pet today.

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