Spay and Neuter FAQs

Spay and Neuter FAQs Answered by Our Vet at 

Pershing Animal Hospital

If you’ve been asking, “Are there vets near me around Hyde Park in Chicago, IL, that offer spay and neuter services?” the answer is yes! Here at Pershing Animal Hospital we are conveniently located near the heart of Hyde Park and offer complete pet care and preventive veterinary services including vaccinations, pest prevention, and affordable spay and neuter surgery for cats and dogs. We know that you’re likely have questions about the procedure, so we’re going to answer some of the most common questions about pet sterilization.


Q: When it is safe to have my pet spayed or neutered?

A: Pets can safely be spayed or neutered around 8 weeks of age depending on their size and the status of their health though our doctor recommends spaying around 6 months of age. Our veterinarian in Chicago will examine your animal and help you determine whether it is safe to proceed with sterilization surgery. We don’t recommend pets undergo the procedure when they are in heat or have signs of illness. That being said, pets can have the surgery at any older age as long as they are in good health.

Q: What are the benefits of having my cat or dog spayed or neutered?

A: Pet overpopulation is a very real and growing problem around the world today, and sterilization plays a big role in helping get the number of unwanted pets reduced. This simple surgery can prevent unwanted pregnancies in addition to providing a number of behavioral and physical long-term benefits.

  • Pets going into heat cycles tend to spray. This smelly expulsion is challenging to eradicate from furnishings and carpet.
  • Pets tend to become calmer after surgery and have less urges to wander off in search of mates.
  • Sterilized animals tend to howl and squeal for mates or to attract attention from owners.
  • Removing the reproductive organs can eliminate and/or reduce the chances for developing cancers of the testicles, uterus, and breasts.

Q: Is the spay and neuter surgery painful for pets?

A: Our Hyde Park, IL, veterinarian is well versed in anesthesia practices and pets are monitored throughout the process. Pets are also put on pain medication after the surgery. Males undergo a five-minute procedure while females take between 15 and 20 minutes. Pets can typically return home the same day and resume normal activities within a few days.

Q: Should female pets have at least one litter before getting spayed?

A: There is no scientifically backed evidence that shows any benefits to pets having a litter before getting sterilized. In fact, pregnancies can be risky for first time mothers.

Spaying & Neutering in Chicago at Pershing Animal Hospital

Pershing Animal Hospital is conveniently located on East Hyde Park Boulevard in Chicago, IL, and offers complete pet care and preventive spay and neuter services. Contact us online or call (773) 288-8888 to schedule an appointment.

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