Spay & Neuter

Unfortunately, approximately 15 million animals are euthanized annually due to overpopulation.  Spaying and neutering animals is encouraged to control overpopulation and to reduce any sex-hormone related diseases.

What is a spay?

The procedure of the ovariohysterectomy or spay  is equivalent to a complete hysterectomy for a woman and is considered a major surgery.  Spaying your pet has many benefits such as reducing the risk of breast cancer and preventing the female from going into heat and becoming pregnant.  A pet in heat, overweight, or with an infected uterus creates additional complications that our doctors are very skilled to handle.

What is a neuter?

The procedure of the castration or neuter is performed on males and is the removal of  both testicles.  Some of the benefits to neutering your male dog or cat aids in helping keep your pet from roaming because they do not follow the scent of every female in heat, it decreases your pet’s incidence of prostate problems, it sometimes reduces aggression and “marking” a territory with urine, and it decreases the possibility of your pet getting prostate cancer.

What are the benefits of having the surgery in a veterinary hospital?

Asheville Highway Animal Hospital veterinarians and support team are fully equipped to handle any complications that may arise while your pet is under general anesthesia.  Pets are monitored routinely by taking their temperature, pulse, and respiration until they are fully awake and able to walk.  They recover on heating pads and blankets with extra tender loving care depending on their needs.  At no time are your pets left alone while under general anesthesia. Our team will fully educate our clients about post surgical at-home care.  Our team members  contact our clients  after their pets have  returned home from surgery to  offer any support while the pet is healing.  Our patients typically return to our hospital within 10 days for a follow up appointment.  We are readily available to answer any and all of your questions after your pet has experienced a major surgery and alteration such as a spay or neuter.