Spay and Neuter
for Dogs and Cats in Chicago
Spaying and neutering for dogs and cats are very common surgical procedures that can help reduce pet overpopulation and ensure that more pets finding permanent, loving homes. These procedures provide many health and behavioral benefits, and help strengthen the bond between you and your animal companion. Since your pet’s health is our primary concern here at West Loop Veterinary Care, if they have yet to be spayed or neutered, we will discuss the procedure with you and determine whether it will be the best choice for their health. 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 and 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 know you have a lot of choices for your pet’s surgery, however, we take a detailed level of care in our surgeries that make 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 would receive IV fluids throughout their procedure and be monitored by one of our experienced veterinary technicians. Toward the end of their surgery, they would receive 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, and almost all pets go home that 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 the 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 two 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.
Both 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 has indicated that 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. Please give us a call at (312) 421-2275 to discuss our cat and dog spay and neuter procedures or to make an appointment, follow the link below.