You might think that a dog would be less than enthusiastic about the subject of spaying and neutering—but the truth is, I think having your dog “fixed” is really important for a lot of good reasons.

1) Neutering makes your male pet less…nuts, if you’ll pardon the expression. We boys will be less likely to roam, be aggressive or try to be dominant over other dogs—and boy cats won’t spray as much either. It just makes life easier all around for us, and eliminates the risk of testicular and prostate tumors, too.

2) Spaying your female pet eliminates the risk of ovarian and uterine tumors and the possibility of uterine infections. (That one comes from my mom, Dr. Bell, ‘cause I don’t know a lot about females except that I like the way they smell).

3) There’s no truth to the myths that pets will get fat or become less intelligent when they’re fixed. Look at me—I’m neutered, in great shape, AND I have my own blog!!

4) Every year, millions of dogs and cats—even purebreds—end up in The Place That Shall Not Be Named and lots of them don’t come out. Spaying and neutering are the responsible thing to do, because even if you don’t let your pet roam free, accidents happen—then you’ve got a whole litter of accidents that need homes. For every one of those accidents, that’s another pet who won’t get a chance.

Keep in mind that as common as spaying and neutering are, it’s still surgery, and your pet needs proper care. At Bell Veterinary, we use the highest quality anesthesia, trained staff that monitors your pet every step of the way, and most importantly, GOOD PAIN MANAGEMENT. We also highly recommend pre-operative blood work so we know your pet is healthy enough to undergo anesthesia.

If you have questions about spaying and neutering or want to make an appointment, just give us a call at 205-486-4500. And remember: we’re cuter when we’re neutered!


Jake is the canine companion of Dr. Bell, and because he spends his days sniffing around for stray treats at a vet hospital, he’s managed to learn quite a bit. In fact, he’s so smart that Dr. Bell figured it was time he earned his keep (and couch time) by passing along some of that knowledge.