Spay and Neuter

Welcome to our Community Low-cost Spay and Neuter page. 

Our hospital offers this low-cost service but with high-quality, compassionate care that your pet and family deserve!  

In an effort to help your pet live a healthy life, we provide low-cost spay and neuter services. Choosing to spay or neuter your new pet is one of the most responsible decisions you can make as a pet owner. Spaying and neutering pets is estimated to add years to your pet’s life in decreasing or eliminating their chances of getting certain cancers; it also helps decrease the amount of animals in shelters and the number of euthanized pets each year.

We offer this service to young, healthy dogs and cats.  This means that they are under 7 years old and are healthy; we also do not require pre-surgical bloodwork or IV catheter/fluids during the procedure.  We do highly recommend these options, since it is great to know what is going on internally with your pet prior to surgery.  Fluid therapy is good for helping with blood pressure and processing of anesthesia.  You can elect on the day of surgery those options at an extra cost if you would prefer.  We will do a pre-surgical exam on the day of surgery and if our doctors find anything that may indicate diagnostics or more supportive care during surgery, we will call you prior to the procedure.  Your pet will also go home with pain medication to help support them by assisting with post-operative pain management.

Reasons to spay or neuter your pet:

  • Decrease aggressive behaviors in male pets
  • Decrease desire for pets to roam and find mates
  • Decrease pet overpopulation and pet euthanasia
  • Decrease risk of mammary gland tumors
  • Eliminate heat cycles, bleeding, and yelling for a mate
  • Eliminate or reduce marking and spraying
  • Reduce risk of ovarian and uterine cancers
  • Reduce risk of prostate cancer and testicular cancer
  • Pyometra (infected uterus)

All of these can be greatly reduced or even avoided by getting your pets spayed and neutered.  We have seen these issues in our hospital and how this hurts those families that have pets that go through these problems.  

In regards to overpopulation, there are many dogs and cats that are homeless or euthanized at shelters because there are no owners that will take them.  Statistics show that there are approximately 1.5 million animals that are euthanized annually in shelters across the U.S. due to over crowding and lack of adoptive families.

By getting your pets altered not only do you help with overpopulation, but your pet is less likely to roam away from home.  Pets that roam are more likely to get hit by cars causing injury or even death, picked up and taken to the local shelters or homeless on the streets never to find their way home. 

Why do pets roam?  This is because of the testosterone and estrogen that they produce when not altered.  Majority of male dogs and cats are usually the ones that get loose and roam because they are doing what nature is telling them to do, claim territory and find a girl to produce offspring with.  Males will roam miles away from home in search of a girl, this creates the potential for them to get hurt or lost as they are not wild animals but our pets and cherished family members.  Female dogs and cats tend to roam a little less but when they are in heat, they are ready to go on the search for that male that might be searching for them.  

 

With statistics indicating that nearly 4 million pets in the United States are put down annually, we believe spaying and neutering animals is a productive initiative. In providing these services, we hope to prolong pets’ lives and help the community in preventing pet overpopulation.

You can find more statistics here https://www.aspca.org/animal-homelessness/shelter-intake-and-surrender/pet-statistics regarding pets and overpopulation. 

 

What does spaying or neutering involve?

Both spaying and neutering are surgical procedures that prevent an animal from reproducing. Spaying and neutering are typically recommended for pets that are at least 6 months old and are not going to be used for breeding. Spaying is performed on female animals and involves surgically removing the uterus and ovaries to prevent pregnancy. Neutering is implemented on male animals and encompasses removing the testicles to eliminate fertility. While each of these surgeries sound involved, they can usually be completed within a few hours and do not require an overnight hospital stay.

Your pet may experience increased discomfort in the days following surgery. Please make sure that you give the pain medication that has been prescribed.  These tips should be followed to ease your pet’s recovery: 

  1. Do not allow your pet to run or jump for the next few days.
  2. Examine the incision daily to ensure proper healing.
  3. Keep your pet confined from others, and allow them to have a quiet resting place.
  4. Prevent your pet from licking the surgical site by keeping close watch or by using an Elizabethan collar. 
  5. Wait at least 10 days after surgery to bathe your pet. If your pet’s incision has opened or if you notice excessive swelling, redness, or discharge, contact our office immediately.

If you have further questions about the spay and neuter procedures or would like to schedule the surgery for your pet, contact our office at your convenience.


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