Spay & Neuter

At Bristol Veterinary Hospital, we know you love your pets and want only what’s best for their health. That’s why we strongly encourage all owners to spay and neuter their pets.

The surgical sterilization process is quite common and relatively low-risk with a short recovery period. Not only will your companion be back to their normal habits within a few days, you’ll enjoy peace of mind in knowing you’ve helped your pet live a longer and healthier life.

Here is a short synopsis of your options when it comes to spaying or neutering your pet.


Spaying is reserved for female animals to prevent unwanted pregnancy. During the spay procedure, the surgeon makes a small incision in your pet’s abdomen. He or she then removes the reproductive organs including the ovaries, fallopian tubes, and uterus. A tiny incision is closed up with sutures.


For male pets, neutering is the best option. A small incision is made at the base of the pet’s scrotum and the testicles are removed. Sutures are used to close up the incision.

There are multiple benefits of spaying or neutering your pet. Of course, the most common is the prevention of unwanted litters of kittens and puppies. But there are other positive benefits, such as a reduction in aggression, territory marking, sexually mounting other animals or people or a reduced chance of developing cancer or an infection. The procedure may also prevent your pet from escaping your home or yard in search of a potential mate, which could lead to getting lost, injured, or killed.

What to Look for After Surgery

It’s also important to look for a few signs during the post-surgery healing process. These include:

  • Trouble defecating or urinating
  • Gnawing or chewing at the suture site
  • Inactivity or laziness for more than two days
  • Bleeding
  • Severe swelling at the surgical site

Of course, if you notice any changes in your pet’s behavior after a spay or neuter procedure, please contact us right away.

Ready to schedule an appointment to spay or neuter your pet? Contact us today by calling (603) 744-5804.