Sandy Springs Veterinary Clinic

5905 Hwy 76, Pendleton, SC  29670


Spaying and Neutering

WARNING: This page contains graphic images which some readers may find disturbing. While these images may be shocking to see, they do not fully illustrate the horrors they represent. It is our hope that seeing these images will help pet owners in our area realize the importance of having their pets spayed and neutered.


Thousands of unwanted cats are killed every week in shelters across the country. Isn’t spaying and neutering a better option?

In the United States, year after year, MILLIONS of dogs and cats are euthanized. It’s hard to imagine, but the number of unwanted animals that are euthanized each year would fill a major league sports stadium from top to bottom.

Let’s bring this harsh reality closer to home. In only three counties in Upstate South Carolina, Pickens, Anderson, and Greenville, over 30,000 unwanted and stray animals are euthanized annually. These are not vicious or dangerous animals. These sad and innocent dogs and cats are pets that are lost, or that have been tossed away by uncaring owners. A mama dog may have a littler of puppies the owners do not want or cannot afford to keep. Rather than be bothered with the responsibility of caring for puppies or kittens some people choose to abandon not only their responsibilities, but their animals too.

Animals should not be discarded like garbage. Responsible, caring pet owners can help solve this horrific problem.

Millions of dogs and cats that could bring so much love and happiness to people are destroyed because of irresponsible pet owners refusing to have their dogs and cats spayed or neutered.

A worker loads over 30 barrels of dead dogs and cats onto a truck bound for a rendering plant where these poor creatures will become a protein source in some pet foods. Dogs and cats were never meant to be cannibals. This practice can increase the possibility of disease and contamination in pet foods.

These images are difficult to look at, but please look at them and remember them. Tell your friends and family members to visit this page and look at them. These senseless killings could be largely prevented if pet owners would simply have their pets spayed or neutered.


Please help do your part in stopping this yearly slaughter of the millions of innocent dogs and cats by having your pets spayed or neutered.

Will you please help us stop these senseless killings? Please have your pet spayed or neutered.

Some people feel that spaying and neutering their animals is a form of cruelty, but actually the opposite is true.  The senseless slaughter of millions of unwanted pets each year is cruel, and working together we can stop it.

Let’s look at a few facts and myths about spaying and neutering so you can make a more informed decision.

FACT: Spaying and neutering your pets can increase their lifespans and help them be less susceptible to disease.

Female pets are susceptible to uterine infections. Spaying reduces the likelihood of these infections by over 50% in dogs and over 90% in cats. Those same statistics apply to breast tumors also, both malignant and cancerous.

Male pets are susceptible to testicular and prostate cancer. Neutering can prevent many of these problems.

FACT: Neutering males dogs can prevent them from wandering away from home looking for a female dog that is in heat. A male will travel for miles to get to a female in heat. The call of nature is strong, but neutering reduces testosterone in dogs thereby reducing their overpowering urge to reproduce. With that powerful urge under control your male dog is more likely to stay home.

Neutering younger dogs can reduce levels of aggression, which is often due to an abundance of testosterone. Neutering is not the answer to aggressive behavior in all cases, especially older dogs. Aggression in older dogs has become a learned behavior and simply neutering them will not change that.

MYTH: Spaying and neutering will cause my pet to get fat.

That is simply not true. Your pet will get fat for the same reasons you will get fat. If they eat too much and do not get enough exercise they will gain weight.

When is the best time to have your dog or cat spayed or neutered?

Dogs may be neutered anytime between 8 weeks and into their adult years. As long as the puppy is healthy neutering at 8 weeks of age should cause no problems. Adult dogs may also be neutered, however, adult dogs have a higher risk of post procedure complications. The older the dog the greater the risks. We will assess your pet’s health thoroughly before spaying or neutering.

We will also work with you before and after the surgery to make sure you and your pet has the best experience possible.