Help reduce homeless pets in Phoenix and get health benefits for your pet!

Every year thousands of stray and unwanted animals are euthanized in shelters across the United States, including in the Phoenix area. Many of these deaths are the avoidable result of owners failing to spay and neuter their pets. These unexpected and unwanted cats and dogs often fill shelters and are never given the chance at happy, loving lives.


Spaying is a common surgical procedure performed on female cats and dogs. The process is called an ovariohysterectomy and involves removing the patient’s uterus, ovaries and fallopian tubes, rendering the animal incapable of reproduction. Animal Care Hospital of Phoenix veterinarians recommend spaying your pet at 6 months, depending on your dog’s breed and ideally before the patient’s first heat.

Spaying Benefits

  • Prevents unwanted pregnancies
  • Eliminates the risk of ovarian and uterine tumors
  • Remove the possibility of uterine infections
  • reduces the incidence of breast cancer

What to expect after surgery

Spaying is a major surgery that requires 7-10 days recovery time and may include medication; lethargy is common for the first couple days following the procedure. A small, green tattoo is applied post-surgery that signifies that the animal is spayed should she ever get lost, or taken to a shelter.


Neutering is performed on male cats and dogs. This process castrates the animal, removing their testicles and making them unable to impregnate females. Neutering is advised when your pet is 6 months old, but can be performed on older animals as well.

Neutering Benefits

  • Prevents unwanted reproduction
  • Placates the animal, reducing aggressive behavior and decreasing dominant tendencies
  • Reduces roaming and spraying (territory marking)
  • Eliminates the risk of testicular cancer.

What to expect after surgery

Although less invasive than spaying, neutering is still a major medical procedure that requires some recovery time. Following the procedure your pet will be sleepy from the anesthesia, this lethargy may last a couple of days. Medication will be dispensed for post-operative pain.

Spay or Neuter Your Dog or Cat

To learn more about spaying and neutering, or to schedule an appointment, contact us today at 602-955-5757 and we’ll be happy to help.