Middlebrook Animal Clinic

9229 Middlebrook Pike
Knoxville, TN 37931



Did you know more than 4 million pets are euthanized in U.S. animal shelters each year simply
because they have no home?
Many are puppies and kittens less than 6 months of age.
Help stop this needless loss of life.
Please spay or neuter your pet.

 Spaying your female pet(ovariohysterectomy):
Surgical removal of the ovaries and uterus. 

Ideal age is 4 to 6 months.

• Eliminates unwanted pregnancies.

• If spayed before the 1st heat cycle, your pet has a less than 1 percent chance of developing breast cancer.

If spayed after 1 heat cycle, your pet has an 8% chance of developing breast cancer.

If spayed after 2 heat cycles, the risk increases to 26%. After two years, no protective benefit exists.

• Pets with diabetes or epilepsy should be spayed to prevent hormonal changes that may interfere with medication.

• Eliminates the risk of ovarian and uterine cancer.

Spaying your male pet(neuter):
Surgical removal of the testicles and spermatic cord.
Ideal age is 4 to 6 months.
• Eliminates the risk of testicular cancer, the second most common tumor in male dogs.
• Greatly reduces the risk of prostate cancer and prostatitis.
• Reduces the risk of perianal tumors.
• Reduces roaming and fighting.
• Eliminates or reduces spraying or marking in males neutered before 6 months of age or before the onset of these behaviors.
• Eliminates the risk and spread of sexually transmitted diseases.
• Eliminates unwanted litters.

  Common Myths

Spaying or neutering your pet does not:
• Cause laziness or hyperactivity
• Postpone or delay normal behavioral maturity
• Reduce its instinct to protect your family and home   
• Alter its personality in any manner
• Cause immature behaviors

 Our staff members can answer your questions about spaying or neutering your pet or any other procedure your pet may undergo at our hospital.
Please don’t hesitate to ask.