Spay and Neuter Services in Mount Prospect
Why do we tell pet parents to spay and neuter their dogs and cats? While we respect our patients’ different lifestyles, we recommend spaying and neutering to prevent unexpected pregnancies and keep pets healthy and happy. Additionally, a long, healthy lifestyle is not the only benefit when considering this procedure. While adoptions are on the rise, far too many shelters still experience overcrowding. Many stray animals have not been spayed or neutered and are liable to increase their numbers, perpetuating the overcrowding problem.
Ways Your Pet Benefits from Being Spayed/Neutered
Spay and neuter procedures have been proven to reduce or prevent certain significant health issues in male and female pets. These include:
When Should My Pet Have Their Surgery?
Generally, pets should be spayed and neutered before they turn 1 year old. 5-6 months is the ideal window for spaying and neutering with minimal risk to the patient. Younger pets also recover much more quickly from surgery.
If your pet develops a health condition before their procedure, we might delay the surgery to treat the existing problem and ensure fewer safety risks. Ultimately, however, it is up to you to choose the date that is most convenient for you and your pet.
What You Can Expect
After their surgery, your pet is hospitalized with us for several hours until the anesthetic wears off. When you arrive to pick them up, we’ll guide you into a room where your veterinarian will answer any questions you have and provide you with a detailed list of post-op care instructions. Recovery can be a challenge for pet parents, especially when their companions are energetic and eager to be on the move. Our team can help walk you through our recommendations for keeping your pet under control, giving them the opportunity to recover smoothly.