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What does it mean to get my pet spayed or neutered?

Females are spayed by removing their reproductive organs, including the uterus and ovaries. Males are neutered by removing their testicles.

What are the benefits to getting my pet spayed or neutered? 

  • Reduces their cancer risk. Females have a lower risk of breast cancer and males have NO risk of testicular cancer. 
  • Helps to save on vet bills. 
  • Messy and annoying heat cycles, urine spraying and marking are eliminated. 
  • Neutering can reduce aggression in your pet. Males will have fewer fights, which can also help in your pet’s loyalty. 
  • Stops unwanted litters! Getting your pet spayed or neutered can help fight the over population problem. 
  • Spaying or neutering pets helps reduce the number of unwanted pets euthanized every year.

Spaying and neutering is expensive. How can I afford it? 

  • The Humane Indiana Estelle Marcus Animal Clinic offers low-cost spays and neuters to certain groups of individuals: individuals on government assistance, residents of Gary and East Chicago, IN, owners of Pit Bulls or Pit Bull Mixes, caretakers of feral cats or rescues, animal shelters and animal control. 
  • If you do not directly qualify for the Estelle Marcus Animal Clinic, there are other options available! Please call us at (219)922-3811 ext. 212 to get more information!

At what age can I get my pet spayed or neutered?

Puppies may be spayed and neutered as early as four months of age and kittens need to be at least two pounds. Pediatric spays and neuters are safe! Puppies and kittens quickly recover from surgery. My dog/cat just had a litter. 

When can I get her spayed?

In order to spay a mom who just gave birth to a litter, the kittens or puppies need to be completely weaned – so, about eight weeks.

What is Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR)?

Trap-Neuter-Return is a program through which free roaming cats (cats that do not belong to an owner) are humanely trapped, surgically altered, and released back to where they were originally trapped.