Why It's Important to Spay and Neuter Your Pets

Millions of cats and dogs end up in shelters every year in the U.S. and sadly, some have to be euthanized. The good news is that more people are adopting from their local shelters and helping to decrease this number. We hope to continue this trend here in Hyde Park by promoting and performing routine spays and neuters. Spay and neuter surgeries play a significant role in keeping animal overpopulation numbers down, but they can also provide various health benefits to their recipients.

When Can My Pet Be Spayed or Neutered?

The general age at which dogs and cats should be spayed or neutered is about six months. Spaying and neutering animals when they are young helps them avoid possible complications later and enables a quicker recovery. The goal is to perform the surgery after your pet has sufficiently developed but before they can experience any issues with their reproductive system.

While 6 months is the recommended age, some pets may need to be spayed/neutered either sooner or later depending on their health. We always put your pet's wellbeing first and can delay their spay or neuter surgery in favor of treating a more urgent issue.

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Benefits of Spay and Neuter Procedures

Spaying and neutering helps with pet overpopulation, but it can also improve your pet's health and longevity. The following benefits make this possible:

Spaying (Females)
Neutering (Males)
Spaying (Females)
  • No pregnancies
  • Heat cycle and spotting are prevented
  • Prevents ovarian cancer
  • Reduces the likelihood of developing breast cancer
  • Can prevent infection of the uterus (pyometra), which can be life-threatening
Neutering (Males)
  • Helps to reduce aggression, roaming, and inappropriate mounting behaviors
  • Reduces the likelihood for breast cancer development
  • Also decreases the┬ápotential for developing prostate problems
  • Can prevent testicular cancer

Is This Surgery Safe for My Pet?

We always examine pets thoroughly prior to surgery to assess their health. If your pet does have an ongoing illness, we may need to delay their surgery. As with every surgery, we perform spays and neuters with the most stringent safety and monitoring protocols in place. We also use comprehensive pain management to keep discomfort minimal so your pet can recover safely.

If you'd like to meet with one of our veterinarians to discuss spaying and neutering, please call (773) 324-4484!

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