Spay and Neuter for Dogs and Cats in Chicago
Spay and neuter surgeries for dogs and cats are routine procedures that can help reduce pet overpopulation and ensure more pets find permanent, loving homes. These procedures provide many health and behavioral benefits and help strengthen the bond between you and your pet. Since your pet’s health is our primary concern here at West Loop Veterinary Care, we will discuss the procedure with you and determine whether it will be the best choice for their health. Our hospital also offers laparoscopic spay, a minimally invasive technique that involves making smaller incisions so your pet can experience less pain and faster healing after surgery.
We recommend spay and neuter surgeries for most of our patients but always take a personalized approach and avoid applying a one-size-fits-all plan to their treatment.
How Spaying and Neutering Can Benefit Pets
Pet spay and neuter surgeries can play a large role in preventing future, potentially life-threatening health problems in pets. When we spay your female pet or neuter your male pet, it can reduce or even prevent:
- Unwanted pregnancies
- Estrus (heat cycle)
- Breast tumors
- Uterine infections
- Roaming tendencies
- Prostate issues
- Testicular cancer
- Aggressive behavior
- Spraying/marking territory
- Roaming tendencies
- Mounting objects, people, other animals
The West Loop Difference
We take a detailed approach to your pet’s care during surgery, which makes a big difference in their recovery process and lifelong health:
- We carefully follow all AAHA standards for anesthesia, sterility, and monitoring to minimize health risks.
- Our surgery table is heated to keep your pet warm and comfortable throughout.
- They receive IV fluids throughout their procedure and are monitored by one of our experienced veterinary technicians.
- Toward the end of their surgery, your pet receives an anti-inflammatory injection and therapeutic laser treatment to speed up healing.
- Our team members will check in on your pet throughout the day to monitor their recovery (almost all pets go home the same day).
Our care and attention to our patients throughout the surgical process is the West Loop difference, unmatched at any other hospital.
How Much Does Spay or Neuter Surgery Cost?
Each pet requires unique care, and each surgery differs in price. Our Surgical Coordinator can provide you with a medical care plan prior to scheduling the surgery to help you plan for the cost.
Do I Need an Appointment Prior to the Spay or Neuter Surgery?
There are three requirements for surgery:
- Your pet must have had a physical exam at West Loop Veterinary Care within the past 12 months.
- Your pet should have had blood testing done at West Loop Veterinary Care within the past 60 days.
- Your pet should be up to date on their rabies vaccine.
These requirements allow our surgeons to thoroughly prepare to give your pet the best surgical care possible.
When to Spay or Neuter Your Dog or Cat
Traditionally, dogs have been spayed or neutered at 6 months of age to avoid unwanted puppies. Recent research indicates delaying spaying or neutering beyond that age may have health benefits for some breeds. Our veterinarians can help you determine the best age for your pet to be spayed or neutered based on its breed, size, health, and lifestyle.
Having your pet spayed or neutered reduces their risk of contracting potentially deadly diseases or being given up due to undesirable or even destructive behaviors. The benefits of this procedure allow your pet the opportunity to live the healthiest, most active life they can. From our AAHA-accredited facility to our exceptional staff, we’re committed to giving your pet the complete care they deserve — for their wellness and longevity.
Book an Appointment
Please give us a call to discuss our cat and dog spay and neuter procedures or to make an appointment, follow the link below.