We all want our family pet to be happy and healthy. There are times when your furry loved one will have to have surgery.

Here are the most common surgeries your pet may face:


Spaying is removing the ovaries and uterus of a female pet. It is a veterinary procedure that requires minimal hospitalization and offers lifelong health benefits.


Neutering is the removing of your male dog or cat’s testicles. This procedure will vastly improve your pet’s behavior and keep him close to home.

USA Today cites “that pets who live in the states with the highest rates of spaying/neutering also live the longest. According to the report, neutered male dogs live 18% longer than un-neutered male dogs and spayed female dogs live 23% longer than unspayed female dogs”.

The reduced lifespan seen in unaltered pets is typically caused by the pets' natural urge to roam outdoors and fight with other animals, and unfortunately, they also can be hit by cars.

“Many people are surprised to learn that nationwide, more than 2.7 million healthy, adoptable cats and dogs are euthanized in shelters annually. Spay/neuter is the only permanent, 100 percent effective method of birth control for dogs and cats”, reports The Humane Society.

Every year, millions of cats and dogs of all ages and breeds are euthanized or suffer as strays. These high numbers of unplanned litters that could be prevented by spaying or neutering.

Soft-tissue Surgery

Here are some examples of soft-tissue surgeries:

  • Removal of skin disorders, cancers and cysts
  • Body cavity procedures
  • Cardiovascular system repair
  • GI (removal of foreign objects, urogenital and respiratory tract

Repair Injuries

Another type of surgery could include repairing physical injuries to:

  • bones,
  • muscles,
  • ligaments and
  • tendons


Another type of surgery could include diseases of the:

  • brain
  • spinal cord
  • nerves and
  • muscles

It is important that you locate a Veterinary that is certified and experienced at diagnosing and performing these surgeries.

Call today at 770.438.2694 to get more information or to schedule an appointment for your animal.

Animal Care Center in Smyrna, GA, is owned and operated by Otto H. Williams, DVM. The veterinary practice specializes in complete healthcare for cats and dogs and offers services including preventative, surgical and nonsurgical care, internal medicine, grooming and boarding to Cobb County and surrounding cities such as Vinings, Marietta, Mableton and Sandy Springs. Call today at 770.438.2694 or request an appointment.

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