Frequently Asked Questions

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

  • Females are spayed by removing their reproductive organs. The female's uterus and ovaries are removed.
  • Males are neutered by removing their testicles.

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

  • Getting your 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 overpopulation problem.
  • Getting your pet spayed or neutered also helps reduce the number of unwanted pets euthanized every year.

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

The Estelle Marcus Animal Clinic offers low-cost spays and neuters to certain groups of individuals: individuals on government assistance, residents of Gary Indiana, 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) 924-7140 to get more information!

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

Puppies can get spayed and neutered as early as 4 months of age and kittens need to be at least 2 pounds in order to get spayed or neutered. 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 had a litter, the kittens or puppies need to be completely weaned – so, about 8 weeks.

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