Spay & Neuter Information
Spay and Neuter Common Myths Addressed
I need my pet to be either spayed or castrated. How do I know which procedure is appropriate for my companion?
If your pet is a female, she will undergo a spay procedure. If your pet is male, he will be neutered. Both procedures are irreversible, and your pet will not be able to have offspring.
I want to spay/neuter my pet, but it’s too expensive for me at this time. What can I do?
February is our spay and neuter month! In February, we offer a $40.00 discount on all spay/neuter procedures. This discount is limited to 2 pets per household. We also work with Care Credit. Please visit their website to apply. Please call our office at 708.361.6002 to schedule your appointment because they book up fast.
What are the benefits of spaying or castrating my animal?
In females, you will be reducing your pet’s risk of breast and reproductive cancer. Uterine infection will also be eliminated in spayed animals. In males, you will be preventing the risk of testicular cancer. This means, you will have happier, healthier years with your friend.
You will not be contributing to the pet population problem. Many animals that can not find homes end up in shelters or running the streets. If an animal ends up in a shelter, he or she could be euthanized. If the animal becomes a stray, he or she will continue to breed, and add more strays to the world.
Will my male dog be less “manly” or will her personality be changed by being spayed?
Humans are great at expressing their feelings through their animal companion and confusing our definitions of sexuality with animal hormones and instincts. Please be assured that your pet will not have any negative emotional reactions or have an identity crisis because they are altered.
A castrated male will be better behaved. He will not try to escape the house to find a mate, he will not mark territory, and some aggression problems may be avoided if he is castrated on or after 6 months of age.
Shouldn’t I let my pet have a heat cycle first?
Female felines can go into heat four to five days every three weeks during their breeding season. Your female cat may also urinate more often, and may decide to urinate out of her litter box.
Female dogs can go into heat every 6 months, and the cycle can last for 21 days.
Spay and Castration Surgery Day Expectations
Is spaying and neutering a major surgery?
Yes; anytime we place your pet under anesthesia, can be considered a “major surgery”. We understand your concern with your loved one going under anesthesia, so please, call our office, so we can discuss the precautions.
Why is pre-anesthetic blood work required?
Pre-anesthetic blood work helps to check that your pet’s kidney and liver are working properly. The liver and kidneys help break down and remove the anesthetics. If they aren’t working well, then anesthesia may be more of a risk.
Will my pet spend the night after the operation?
If you animal is only spayed or castrated, they will be able to go home with you the same day. We schedule release appointments after 3 p.m. The only time a cat stays over night is when a cat is de-clawed with the spay or castration procedure. The cat will stay at the hospital for two days, with personalized nursing care.
How long will the procedure take?
The actually surgery will only take about 20 minutes to 1 hour depending on the animal, however, expect your pet to be at our office for almost the entire day. We like to take the best care of your pet, and we need the time to do so. We ask for you to drop your pet off at the clinic, between 7:15a and 8:00a.
What can I expect?
Your pet cannot eat any food on the day of the surgery. Please do not feed your pet after 10:00p the night before the surgery. Just like in humans, anesthesia can cause nausea, which can lead to vomiting. You are able to give your pet water until he or she arrives in our office. If you have further questions regarding this topic, please don’t hesitate to call our office.
We want them early, so the technicians and doctors have time for a full pre-surgical exam and blood work. This exam and blood work insures your pet is healthy to undergo the spay or castration. All procedures start between 9:00a and 10:00a. Once the procedure is finished, a technician will give you a call and briefly discuss how your furry friend did. At that time, the technician will also set up a release appointment. These appointments are generally after 3:00p. We want to make sure that your pet is fully awake from the anesthesia and ready to go home when you arrive in our office. Once you arrive in our office for the release appointment, one of our receptionists will escort you to our consultation room. In the room, a technician will address the release instructions and answer any questions that you may have. You will then revisit the front desk, where you will be checked out, and your beloved pet will be happy to go home with you.