Litter of puppies with a vet: Spay and Neuter in Norton

Spay and Neuter Surgeries Change Lives for the Better

Did you know that spay and neuter surgeries have even more benefits than preventing unwanted pregnancy? Fixing your pet sets them up for a healthier, longer life, and reducing the number of unwanted litters means current shelter pets have a better chance at finding their forever homes. At Creekside Animal Clinic, we strive to perform safe, timely surgeries on your young pet so they reap the most benefits.

How Spay and Neuter Surgeries Help Your Pet

When your pet is spayed (females) or castrated (males), their reproductive organs are removed, which decreases the level of the hormones estrogen in females and testosterone in males. If left alone, these hormones could contribute to serious reproductive diseases later in life. By performing neuters when your pet is young, we can reduce and even eliminate these diseases from developing.

Some of the diseases your pet can avoid include:

  • Pyometra, a serious uterine infection (females)
  • Mammary gland tumors (females)
  • Testicular cancer (males)
  • Uterine and ovarian cancers (females)
  • Prostate disease (males)

Behavioral Benefits of Surgery

In addition to medical benefits, your pet will also prosper from behavioral changes. Some behaviors associated with reproduction are not only frustrating for you; they’re also frustrating for your pet. Some can even cause your pet to put themselves in harm’s way.

With surgery, the following behaviors are often curbed:

  • The desire to roam to find a mate
  • Mounting and urine-marking behaviors
  • Aggression
  • Heat cycles, including spotting (dogs) and yowling (cats)

With less attention on reproduction and competing to find a mate, your pet can better focus on you and your family and leading a happy and healthy life.

Cats in a carrier: Spay and Neuter in Norton
Puppy standing proud: Spay and Neuter in Norton

Timing for Surgery

The timing for a spay and neuter surgery is crucial. Timing depends on your pet’s gender, breed, and age. While most pets will benefit substantially with surgery at 6 months of age, others benefit more with an earlier or later surgery. When you bring your new pet in to see us for the first time, we’ll assess their health and talk to you about the best option for them. Contact us today at (330) 825-9556 with any questions, or schedule your appointment online.


“I can’t give Dr. Messner, and the employees who work here, enough praise! Having had a terrible experience with a different vet clinic, my faith in veterinarians had diminished. That was until I came upon Creekside and its wonderful staff. My faith has been restored, and I know my fur babies are receiving the absolute best care when we visit Dr. Messner. She is the best veterinarian, and Creekside is hands-down the best animal clinic around!”

- Kelly Y.

“Will never take our animals anywhere else. Great doctors and staff. I know that when I walk through those doors that my pets are in the most capable and very caring hands. Special thanks to Dr. Cummings. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for your compassion and excellent care you always provide to our babies.”

- Sue S.

“I always feel like my Mastiffs and French Bulldogs are in the best hands when Dr. Messner and her crew take care of them!”

- Tina C.

“All our foster dogs have gone to Creekside. The entire staff is friendly and answer all my questions. I would highly recommend Creekside to anyone looking for a place to take their pets.”

- Julie S.

“I can not thank you all enough (especially Carol) for the kindness while having to put down my cat Walter. It wasn't easy for me but your kindness and true compassion made it easier. What a blessing you are to the animal world.”

- Heidi P.

“Very pleased with everyone here, we are newer clients and our dog had what we thought was an injured shoulder on a Saturday, they quickly got us an appointment and were very understanding when she turned out to be fine, just a drama queen. Sorry she's a big faker but I appreciated having my mind eased after numerous cries from her that morning.”

- Jill R.

“The staff and doctor treat you like family. They always take the time to listen to your concerns. They are very caring and know you and your pet by name.”

- Jennifer G.

“This wonderful vet took my baby in right away when his foot was gushing blood and i was a mess! They fixed him up with a smile. This will be our permanent vet from now on. They are very calm and very sweet here! So impressed with Creekside! Not too mention the staff are very nice and the building is very clean! So impressed with everything here!”

- Lizzie H.


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