Spay and Neuter: Taking the Next Healthy Step for Your Pet
We know how much you love your pet and want to protect them from harm. At Companion Animal Hospital of Vernon Hills, we feel the same way! As your pet grows and changes during their first several months of life, you'll have to make some important decisions about their continued care. A significant step that we recommend for most, if not all pet owners is the spay or neuter surgery.
Spay and neuter procedures are an essential aspect of preventative care for dogs and cats, offering various health and behavior benefits. Furthermore, it helps to reduce animal overpopulation and give homeless pets permanent, loving homes. By caring for your pet, you are also helping countless others.
How Spaying and Neutering Keep Pets Healthy
We recommend spaying and neutering for both dogs and cats with consideration for their health and lifestyle. The most common benefits resulting from these surgeries include:
- No unwanted pregnancies for females
- Females will not experience their cycle
- Males are likely to be less aggressive
- Both males and females have less desire to roam away and reproduce
- Females are less likely to develop mammary tumors (cancer)
- Males are less likely to develop prostatic issues or testicular tumors
- Females will not develop severe uterine infections (pyometra)
Scheduling Your Pet's Spay or Neuter
To discuss spaying or neutering your pet, you should schedule a wellness visit with us as soon as possible. During this visit, we can fully evaluate your pet's health and help you decide on the appropriate time for their surgery. Furthermore, we can also address any questions you have and give you an idea of what to expect following the procedure.
While it is considered ideal to spay and neuter pets when they are 6-7 months old, your pet's surgery date will depend on their personal needs. To find out more, call (847) 821-6189 to schedule an appointment with us.