Spay and Neuter in Wrigleyville, Chicago

Spaying and neutering your pets is a big step towards improving their long-term health and giving them the chance to live a longer, happier life. It also prevents unwanted pregnancies and can reduce the stray animal population, allowing more shelter animals to find homes. At Wrigleyville Veterinary Center, we provide safe and state-of-the-art spay and neuter services to make life better for as many pets as possible.

How Your Pet Benefits from Their Spay/Neuter

Spaying/neutering can make your pet healthier, but how? Their health and behavior benefit in several ways, including:


  • No unwanted pregnancies or heat cycles
  • Less risk of developing ovarian and mammary cancers
  • No risk of developing pyometra (an infected uterus)
  • Less instinct to roam in search of a mate


  • Less likely to be aggressive, especially if there are females in heat nearby
  • Less instinct to roam in search of a mate
  • No risk of developing testicular cancer
  • Less risk of developing an enlarged prostate
  • Less likely to spray or mark in or around the house

When to Schedule Your Pet’s Spay or Neuter in Chicago

If you recently adopted a pet, you’ll need to think about having them spayed or neutered in the near future. While we often recommend spaying and neutering pets at 6 months, this can vary based on your pet’s size, breed, and overall health. If you have a large-breed dog, they may need to wait to be spayed/neutered when they’re a few months older.

Tips to Ease Your Pet’s Post-Surgical Recovery

To increase your pet’s comfort so they can heal more quickly after their spay/neuter, we recommend that you:


Limit your pet’s activity for the next 7 days. That means no running, jumping, climbing, or roughhousing.


Outfit your pet with an e-collar, cloud collar, or snug-fitting garment to protect their surgery site from licking, chewing, and scratching.


Keep a close eye on your pet to deter any licking, chewing, or scratching attempts.


Keep your pet away from bodies of water or other environments where they’re likely to get dirty.


Check your pet’s surgery site daily for redness, swelling, odor, seepage, and/or torn stitches.

If you need a little help managing your pet’s recovery, contact our team.