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Spay and neuter surgeries are very important preventative wellness procedures that help pets live longer, healthier lives. Please read through our Decatur spay and neuter FAQs to learn more—and if you have other questions, just call us at 217-428-7709 and ask!
Should my pets have spay and neuter surgery in Decatur? What do those terms mean?
Yes! At Fairview Hospital for Animals, these surgeries are very routine and safe. Complications are incredibly rare. Spay surgeries are performed on female cats and dogs. During spay surgery, we remove a female pet’s reproductive organs (uterus, ovaries, fallopian tubes), preventing her from getting pregnant. Neutering surgery is the removal of a male dog or cat’s testicles so that he cannot impregnate any females.
How does spay and neuter in Decatur benefit my pet?
This is one of our most common Decatur spay and neuter FAQs. Several wide-ranging studies show that fixed pets can live 20-60% longer, healthier lives than most unfixed pets. These surgeries remove the causes of some of the most common cancers in pets. When reproductive organs are removed, there is very little chance your pet will ever contract those cancers (ovarian, uterine, testicular, etc.) Female pets also avoid the complications of pregnancy or potentially-deadly uterine infections.
Will spay and neuter surgery benefit the rest of our family?
Absolutely. You will likely have more “happy and healthy” years to spend with your pet without the health risks mentioned in the previous Decatur spay and neuter FAQs. Spay and neuter surgeries are also less expensive than treating those potential health problems—and far less stressful than responsibly tending to an unplanned litter. Fixed pets also integrate better into your family and are easier to train. This is particularly true for males. Neuter surgery removes their hormonal urges to wander, roam, escape, be aggressive, urinate on everything, get into fights with other animals, dash out into traffic, etc.
How do surgeries for spay and neuter in Decatur help the community?
Decatur animal shelters struggle daily to provide for all of the strays produced by the unions of un-spayed and un-neutered pets. This includes a hefty number of purebreds. Millions of these animals, through no fault of their own, are euthanized annually because there are more animals than families available or willing to adopt. Having your pet spayed or neutered helps reduce the scope of this tragedy.
At what age can pets be spayed or neutered?
Around 8 weeks old, or before your pet has a chance to mature sexually.
Will spay and neuter in Decatur make my pet fat and lazy?
No. You pet just needs plenty of exercise and a healthy diet.
My pet already had a litter—can we still have her spayed?
Yes. We need to wait about 2 weeks until her milk supply dries up so there are no surgical complications.
If your Decatur spay and neuter FAQs were not listed here, just call us anytime at 217-428-7709!
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I visit Fairview Animal Hospital at least once a week for a few of my fur-babies to receive laser therapy and the ENTIRE staff always shows genuine concern for my babies as well as me. They are always completely honest in the care they believe my pets need and only suggest treatments that they firmly believe would help my babies comfort. I have six dogs and two cats who all have their own issues and they know them all by name, know what their problems are and cater to their individual needs. The best part of this staff, is that every single one of my babies thoroughly enjoys their visits which is most important to me.
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