Why You Should Spay and Neuter Your Pets
You want your pet to live the longest, healthiest life they can and avoid potentially life-threatening diseases whenever possible. At Carriage Animal Hospital in Lombard, we want your pet to live their best life, too. Therefore, we recommend spay and neuter surgeries to ensure that our patients stay healthy. Along with preventing unplanned pregnancies, spaying and neutering can also help prevent disease development in both male and female cats and dogs. Furthermore, it can aid in population control and reduce the number of strays and homeless animals in shelters.
Spaying/neutering is a major first step for most pets because it can play a large role in determining their future health. If you have concerns, we would be happy to speak with you and discuss the process in more detail. Our goal is to guide every owner towards making the best decisions for their pet and keeping them informed about their options.
What Can Spaying/Neutering Do for My Pet?
Having your pet spayed or neutered can benefit their health and behavior in several different ways:
- Eliminates heat cycle (estrus) and spotting
- Will not roam away to breed
- Reduces mammary and uterine cancer risks
- Risk of developing pyometra, a life-threatening uterine infection, will be reduced
- Can reduce or eliminate aggression and other undesirable behaviors
- Reduces or eliminates marking territory and spraying, which can be destructive
- Will not run away to find a mating partner
- Reduces prostate and testicular cancer risks
Planning Your Pet’s Surgery
Spay and neuter surgeries should be performed when pets are still young, between 4-6 months of age. Female cats and dogs should be spayed before their first heat cycle, which can occur between six and seven months. Since keeping your pet healthy and safe is our highest priority, we will not proceed with their spay/neuter if they are sick. Any underlying issues we discover during (or prior to) their pre-surgical exam will be addressed immediately.