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Enhancing Pets’ Lives with Our Spay and Neuter Services

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:

Females

  • 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

Males

  • 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 Surgery

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:

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

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

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

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

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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.

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