Why Spay/Neuter?

General FAQ’s

What Are Spaying and Neutering?

Spaying and neutering are surgical procedures performed by veterinarians that prevent cats and dogs from breeding by removing their reproductive organs. When a female pet is spayed (also called an ovariohysterectomy), the ovaries, fallopian tubes and uterus are removed. When a male pet is neutered, the testicles are removed.

What Are the Health Benefits of Spaying and Neutering?

Spayed females are less likely to develop breast cancer and are no longer at risk for ovarian or uterine cancer.  Neutered males are no longer at risk for testicular cancer. By neutering males, you also reduce the risk of injury and disease, since intact males have a natural instinct to roam and get into fights with other animals that may have contagious diseases or parasites.

Why Should I Spay or Neuter My Pet?

In addition to the many health benefits, spaying or neutering your pet ensures that he or she won’t contribute to the pet overpopulation problem. Even a pet that lives indoors may escape and produce kittens or puppies if not sterilized. Each year, millions of homeless animals are euthanized or end up in shelters due to a lack of good homes.

What Happens When My Pet Is Spayed or Neutered? Will He or She Act Differently?

After sterilization, your pet may be calmer and less likely to exhibit certain behaviors like wandering, spraying, marking, or even aggression, but his or her personality will not change. Contrary to myth, a fixed pet does not become lazy and overweight. Neutered males do require fewer calories to maintain their body weight, so talk to your vet about adjusting your pet’s dietary needs.

Can You Spay a Female Dog or Cat While it is Pregnant or in Heat?

Yes, however the veterinarian on duty reserves the right to refuse surgery if he/she deems it unsafe for the pet.

How Soon After Having a Litter Can a Female Be Spayed?

You must wait until the puppies or kittens are six weeks old and weaned before the mother can be spayed. We can perform surgery on lactating females, but it is safer for them if their milk has dried up completely.

Why is There a Tattoo Near the Incision Site?

A permanent tattoo will identify that your pet has been spayed or neutered after the incision has healed.

What Should I Do to Keep My Dog or Cat from Licking His or Her Incision?
You may purchase an e-collar for $10 at time of appointment, or you may purchase one at any pet store.

Do You Declaw?
No.

Can I Bring My Pet in for Just a Rabies Shot?

No, we only offer vaccinations at the time of surgery.

 

FERAL CATS

What is a Feral Cat?
A feral cat is a cat that exists in a wild or untamed state. Human contact is very stressful for them so they often become aggressive or extremely fearful. They usually live in colonies near any food source they can find; in neighborhoods, alleyways, apartment complexes, behind restaurants, on college/hospital campuses, etc.

Feral is not another word for stray. A stray cat is a cat who has been abandoned or who has wandered from home and gotten lost. Stray cats can usually be re-socialized and adopted. Some young feral cats can be tamed with a great deal of patience and willingness to allow the cat to approach you on their terms. Adult feral cats usually can’t be socialized and won’t adjust to living indoors or with a human family.

Feral cats can be dangerous and should be handled as such with care and respect.  That is why we require all feral cats to be brought in for surgery in a humane trap, and they must leave in the same trap they came in. We also only allow one cat per trap.

How Do I Get a Feral Cat Trap?

You can purchase a trap at any hardware store or rent a humane trap at our clinic for a refundable deposit of $75, cash or check only.

How Can I Make an Appointment For a Feral Cat?

We accept feral walk-ins Tuesday through Thursday between 7:30 a.m. and 8:30 a.m.

Why Do You Cut Off the Tip of the Feral Cat’s Ear? The left ear of every feral cat will be tipped. Ear tipping is the universal sign for sterilization and lets everyone know that the cat has been fixed.