Spay & Neuter

Besides a variety of health benefits that help your pet live a longer, happier life, there are also behavioral benefits to spaying and neutering your pets. It also helps decrease the number of homeless pets and strays that get euthanized every year.

Cryptorchid Neuter Surgery

Most male puppies will have both testicles descended by the recommended neuter age of six months. However, a small percentage of male puppies have either one or both testicles retained within the groin or abdominal cavity (cryptorchid). Previous surgical techniques to remove the undescended testicle involved a blind search and prolonged anesthesia time. Laparoscopic-assisted cryptorchid neuter surgery provides a significant improvement in surgical technique for this condition.


  1. Better visualization of abdominal organs means easier location of the retained testicle
  2. Shorter anesthesia and surgery time
  3. Smaller incisions mean less pain

If you live in the Cockeysville area and would like get your dog or puppy neutered, but either one or both testicles are retained within the groin or abdominal cavity (cryptorchid), call Hunt Valley Animal Hospital today at (410) 527-0800 or request an appointment online!

Our knowledgeable veterinarians will be able to answer all your questions and help you choose the right neutering procedure for your dog or puppy.

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Other ways that spaying and neutering can give pets a better quality of life include:

  • Reducing incidences of roaming and fights with other dogs/cats
  • Preventing or minimizing the male tendency of marking territory with strong-smelling urine in the house
  • Putting an end to loud vocalizations, such as caterwauling
  • Stopping males from trying to mount other animals, furniture, or people

When to Spay and Neuter

For males and females alike, it is best to spay and neuter sooner rather than later. Consult with one of our veterinarians to find out when your pet is most likely to be ready. We want your pet to be healthy and happy before going into surgery. If you would like more information, please give us a call at at (410) 527-0800.