Spaying & Neutering

By spaying or neutering your pet, you are protecting them from an unwanted litter and preventable diseases, while also eliminating certain behaviors like aggression, going into heat, running away, and spraying in the house.

Your first reason for wanting to spay or neuter your pet is most likely to prevent an unwanted litter. This makes a lot of sense, since 2.7 million adoptable dogs and cats are euthanized each year because they do not have homes, and unexpected litters of puppies and kittens only contribute to this statistic.

However, did you know spaying or neutering your pet can also reduce their chance of suffering from uterine infections, breast cancer, testicular cancer, and prostate cancer?

Ultimately, spaying or neutering your pet allows them to live a longer, healthier, and happier life!

Now you may be wondering, when should I spay or neuter my pet?


Here at Animal Ark we recommend spaying or neutering your dog or cat between four to six months of age. This will hopefully eliminate behaviors such as spraying and aggressive behaviors before they are learned behaviors. However, adult pets can also be spayed and neutered and still benefit from the surgery. When it comes to exotic pets, age recommendations for the surgery may vary, so we recommend calling us to discuss your pet.

Before and after the spay or neuter surgery


When you bring your pet to Animal Ark Veterinary Hospital for their spay or neuter surgery, we provide additional information for you detailing what you should do prior to and following the surgery to ensure it goes smoothly for your pet. For instance, for dogs and cats we will recommend not feeding past midnight the night before surgery, but most exotics we will not recommend withholding food.


Following the surgery, your pet will need a comfortable and clean environment to recover. Your pet should also avoid jumping, running, and exerting too much energy for several days. It’s important to provide your pet with a safe environment which will prevent these behaviors while they recover from the surgery. We will provide more detailed information after your pet’s surgery based on their specific needs.

Spaying or neutering your pet is a way of reducing the number of homeless animals in our community, as well as ensuring they lead a healthy life. Call your local Winston Salem veterinary hospital, Animal Ark, today to schedule your pet’s spay or neuter surgery.