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Spaying or neutering your pet can have a big impact on their long-term health by helping to prevent future problems. Animal Care Center of Downers Grove recommends routine spay and neuter for every puppy and kitten to give them the healthiest start possible. Additionally, spaying and neutering can reduce animal overpopulation, resulting in less overcrowding in shelters and giving more pets a chance at finding loving homes.

We're passionate about pet adoption, and we've seen how harmful lack of spaying/neutering can be for local animal populations. More than a million cats and dogs must be humanely euthanized every year due to overpopulation, but we hope to change this statistic.

Benefits Your Pet Can Expect

How does spaying and neutering make pets healthier? Is it really necessary? We know that every pet is different and will therefore need a different approach to their care. However, aside from being an effective deterrent against out-of-control breeding, spaying and neutering can also:

  • Prevent female cats and dogs from entering their heat cycle
  • Reduce aggression and inappropriate mounting behaviors in male dogs
  • Make male cats less likely to engage in spraying/marking
  • Reduce likelihood of mammary tumors (females) and testicular tumors (males) developing
  • Reduce likelihood of prostate issues (males) and uterine infections (females) occurring

Pre-Spay/Neuter Health Requirements

Healthier pets face far less risks in surgery. Before your pet's spay and neuter procedure, check that they are up to date with their vaccines and parasite screens.

Dogs

  • 1-year rabies vaccine
  • 1-year distemper/lepto combo
  • 6-month Bordetella vaccine
  • Canine influenza vaccine
  • Parasite-negative fecal test within last 12 months

Cats

  • 1-year rabies vaccine
  • 1-year distemper
  • Negative feline leukemia test (indoor cats only)
  • 1-year feline leukemia vaccine (outdoor cats only)
  • Parasite-negative fecal test within last 12 months

What is the Best Time for Spaying/Neutering?

Many of the benefits of spay and neuter surgery are maximized when surgery is done before the first heat cycle or sexual maturation. Therefore, the ideal time to spay/neuter your pet is usually between 6-7 months old. Since large-breed dogs take longer to grow and mature, we may wait until they're between 9 months and a year old. Every pet is different, and our veterinarians want to make sure that every pet is healthy and developing properly before we move forward with surgery.

Make an appointment with us today to discuss your pet's health needs and what you can expect from their spay/neuter procedure.

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