Patterson Animal Hospital

Elective Surgeries

The most common surgeries done on a daily basis are the spay and neuter, typically done on a dog or cat but we can perform them on some exotic and large animals as well. Pet overpopulation is a major epidemic in our area and spaying/neutering your pet is the most efficient way to help prevent unwanted puppies/kittens. There are also many benefits of performing these surgeries at a young age.


Benefits of Spaying (females)-

  • No heat cycles, therefore males will not be attracted
  • Less desire to roam
  • Risk of mammary gland tumors, ovarian and/or uterine cancer is reduced or eliminated, especially if done before the first heat cycle
  • Reduces number of unwanted cats/kittens/dogs/puppies
  • Helps dogs and cats live longer, healthier lives

Benefits of Neutering (males)-

  • Reduces or eliminates risk of spraying and marking
  • Less desire to roam, therefore less likely to be injured in fights or auto accidents
  • Risk of testicular cancer is eliminated, and decreases incidence of prostate disease
  • Reduces number of unwanted cats/kittens/dogs/puppies
  • Decreases aggressive behavior, including dog bites
  • Helps dogs and cats live longer, healthier lives


Other common elective surgeries include teeth cleaning, hernia repair, canine ear crops, tail amputations, and feline declaws. We would be glad to discuss details of any of these procedures, just call the office!