Article Release: Issue 5
Release Date: July 10, 2024
Written By: Dr. Tomas Infernuso DVM, DACVS

At Animal Surgical Center (ASC), we are dedicated to providing top-notch veterinary care and promoting responsible pet ownership. One of the most crucial aspects of responsible pet ownership is spaying and neutering your pets. This practice is vital for preventing pet overpopulation, reducing shelter overcrowding, and improving the overall health and behavior of dogs and cats. ASC proudly supports animal welfare through initiatives like our “Save A Life: Free Snip & Fix For Rescue Animals” event, which provides free spay and neuter surgeries for shelter animals, and in 2023 alone, we offered significant discounts to rescue organizations, totaling $845,619.22 in discounts and a $300,000 rescue credit.

Dr. Tomas Infernuso and Licensed Veterinary Technician Igor Pavlov performing surgery in the operating room.
Dr. Tomas Infernuso and Licensed Veterinary Technician Igor Pavlov performing surgery in the operating room.

Why Spay and Neuter Your Pets?

Health Benefits of Spaying and Neutering Dogs and Cats

Spaying and neutering have numerous benefits for both pets and their owners. For pet owners, these procedures can lead to a longer, healthier life for their furry friends. Spayed and neutered pets have a reduced risk of developing severe health issues such as malignant mammary tumors, pyometra, and testicular and prostatic diseases. Studies show that spayed female dogs live 23-26.3% longer, while neutered males have an increased life expectancy of 13.8-18% compared to intact pets.

Behavioral Benefits of Spaying and Neutering

Spaying and neutering can also positively impact your pet’s behavior. These procedures can reduce behaviors such as escaping, roaming, aggression, urine marking, mounting, excessive vocalizing, and incessant barking. By lowering testosterone levels in neutered males, specific aggressive behaviors are lessened, making them more manageable and safer for families and communities.

Addressing Misconceptions About Spaying and Neutering

Despite the overwhelming support for spaying and neutering, some misconceptions persist. It’s essential to understand that while some studies suggest potential joint problems, cancers, or immune disorders, the overall benefits far outweigh these risks. Sterilized pets tend to live longer, experience lower rates of more common diseases, and have a reduced likelihood of dying from infections and trauma.

Affordable Spaying and Neutering Options for Pet Owners

We understand that the cost of spaying and neutering can be a concern for some pet owners. However, there are various resources available to make these procedures more affordable. Community rescue programs, veterinary colleges, and low-cost clinics offer high-quality sterilization procedures and preventive care options. At ASC, we partner with local rescue organizations to provide significant discounts and credits, making these vital services accessible to more pet owners.

Spay/neuter operation in progress at Animal Surgical Center
Spay/neuter operation in progress at Animal Surgical Center.

Spaying and neutering are essential practices that benefit both pets and their owners. By choosing to spay or neuter your dogs and cats, you are contributing to a healthier pet population, reducing shelter overcrowding, and ensuring your pets live longer, happier lives. At ASC, we are here to support you every step of the way, offering high-quality veterinary care and resources to help you make informed decisions for your pets.

For more information about our services or to schedule an appointment, visit our website at or follow us on social media @animalsurgicalcenter.

With Compassion and Care,
Dr. Tomas Infernuso
Animal Surgical Center