Spay and Neuter

spay-neuterSpaying or neutering your pet early in life offers many advantages:

* Prevents unwanted pregnancies and limits pet over-population
* Eliminates the possibility of infections and tumors of the reproductive tract
* Diminishes chances of developing mammary cancer in females
* Diminishes chances of developing prosthetic disease in male dogs
* Avoids unwanted roaming and aggressive behaviors


Spay: (also called ovariohysterectomy) surgical removal of the ovaries and uterus. While a spay surgery is commonly performed, it is important to remember that the procedure is a major abdominal surgery.

Neuter: (also called castration) surgical removal of the testicles.

NOTE: Both of these procedures require general anesthesia. Your pet will be monitored closely throughout the entire procedure by our well-trained staff to ensure your pet’s safety. Monitoring will continue as your pet recovers from the anesthesia until they are ready to go home in the mid to late afternoon.

When your pet goes home:
* You will need to monitor the incision to ensure normal healing. Before your pet leaves the clinic, we will show you what the incision looks like. The incision should stay clean and dry.
* Do not allow your pet to lick or chew the incision.
* Your recovering pet needs to be rested – no running or jumping until the incision has completely healed. Over activity can lead to complications such as bleeding and infection.
* Limit food and water intake according to take-home instructions.
* Administer pain relief medications according to directions.

Call the clinic if:

The incision opens, becomes swollen or develops a discharge
Your pet has any vomiting, diarrhea or lack of an appetite
Your pet develops a cough


Financial Options:

The expense of a spay/neuter surgery can sometimes be a bit higher than a family can afford and we understand that. Our office holds spay and neuter clinics twice a year in the spring and fall to help local low-income families cut down on the cost of these surgeries and we also have vouchers available through our office year-round for the same purpose. Both of these options have their different limitations but we will be happy to work with you and figure out what option is going to be best for you.