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The 4 Most Common Questions about Spaying or Neutering Your Pet

By at February 19, 2013 | 11:54 am | Print

The 4 Most Common Questions about Spaying or Neutering Your Pet

  1. Spaying or neutering will NOT make your dog or cat fat and lazy unless they are overfed.
  2. It is NOT true that a cat or dog should have one litter before being spayed. This only leads to more unwanted puppies and kittens.
  3. It is NOT true that a cat or dog should have one heat cycle before being spayed.
  4. Altering your pet will NOT change your pet’s personality. Cats’ personalities do not fully develop until about one year of age, and for dogs it is between one and two years. If your pet’s personality changes after spaying at an early age, it would have changed without surgery.

What Are the Advantages of Spaying and Neutering Your Pet?

  • On average, a spayed or neutered pet lives three to five years longer than an intact animal.
  • Spaying or neutering can eliminate undesirable behaviors in animals. Male dogs won’t want to roam away from home, reducing the change they will prey on wildlife, cause car accidents or frighten children.
  • Spaying or neutering reduces the risk of certain types of cancer that can be terminal for your pet, not to mention expensive to treat.
  • Spaying and neutering completely eliminates certain life-threatening bacterial infections.
  • Spayed animals do not produce unwanted puppies or kittens. Every year, millions of cats and dogs are euthanized or suffer as strays as a result of unplanned litters that could have been prevented by spaying or neutering.


In February 2013, Save $40 on spaying and neutering services.

During the month of February Cook County Animal Control offers a Spay and Neuter Program,a $40 rebate for neutering your dog, cat or ferret. For this month get a $40 rebate when you have your cat, dog or ferret spayed or neutered.

To be eligible:

  • Pets must be owned by Cook County Residents
  • Limit of two (2) pets total per household
  • Must show proof of your pet being current with the rabies vaccine
  • Must have a Cook County rabies tag

Help prevent animal overpopulation in Cook County, and the possible spread of dangerous diseases to pets and people through stray animals. This rebate provides pet owners with a $40 savings on veterinary bills for spay and neutering.

Click here for more information from Cook County Animal and Rabies Control


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