Spay or Neuter to Improve Animal Lives

Spaying or neutering are highly recommended procedures for a complete pet health program. Spaying or neutering can prevent unexpected litters, which helps with population control and eases strains felt by local shelters. Beyond population control, spaying or neutering can help your pet live longer and avoid long-term health conditions.

Shelter Dog


In a spay or neuter, reproductive organs that can develop cancer are removed. Because of this, pets who are spayed or neutered can live longer.

Important reasons to consider before having your pet spayed or neutered include:

  • No unwanted pregnancies
  • No heat cycle
  • Less tendency to roam in search of a mate (for males and females)
  • A lower risk for breast cancer, ovarian cancer, and uterine cancer
  • A lower risk for testicular cancer and prostate cancer
  • Less likelihood of spraying/marking in the house
  • Less risk of becoming aggressive
  • Less likely to engage in mounting behaviors

If you have further questions about spaying or neutering your pet, learn more by contacting our team at Chisholm Trail Veterinary Clinic of Lockhart.


Spay or neuter procedures come with several misconceptions, including:

  • Personality change. Contrary to popular belief, your pet will not come out of their spay or neuter surgery with a different personality. While the procedure can affect certain negative behaviors in a positive way, their intelligence or personality will not be affected.
  • Expensive. At Chisholm Trail Veterinary Clinic of Lockhart, we take pride in offering cost-effective options that make veterinary care accessible. If cost is a concern, please call us.