Useful Info

Benefits of Spaying (females):

  • No heat cycles, therefore males will not be attracted
  • Less desire to roam
  • Risk of mammary gland tumors, pyometra infection, ovarian and/or uterine cancer is reduced or eliminated, especially if done before the first heat cycle
  • Reduces number of unwanted cats/kittens/dogs/puppies
  • Helps dogs and cats live longer, healthier lives

Benefits of Neutering (males):

  • Reduces or eliminates risk of spraying and marking
  • Less desire to roam, therefore less likely to be injured in fights or auto accidents
  • Risk of testicular cancer is eliminated and decreases incidence of prostate disease
  • Reduces number of unwanted cats/kittens/dogs/puppies
  • Decreases aggressive behavior, including dog bites
  • Helps dogs and cats live longer, healthier lives

Top 3 Reasons to Spay and Neuter

  • It helps to reduce companion animal overpopulation. Most countries have a surplus of companion animals and are forced to euthanize or disregard their great suffering. The surplus is in the millions in the United States. Cats are 45 times as prolific, and dogs 15 times as prolific, as humans. They do not need our help to expand their numbers; they need our help to reduce their numbers until there are good homes for them all.
  • Sterilization of your cat or dog will increase his/her chance of a longer and healthier life. Altering your canine friend will increase his life an average of 1 to 3 years, felines, 3 to 5 years. Altered animals have a very low to no risk of mammary gland tumors/cancer, prostate cancer, perianal tumors, pyometra, and uterine, ovarian and testicular cancers.
  • Sterilizing your cat/dog makes him/her a better pet, reducing his/her urge to roam and decreasing the risk of contracting diseases or getting hurt as they roam. Surveys indicate that as many as 85% of dogs hit by cars are unaltered. Intact male cats living outside have been shown to live on average less than two years. Feline Immunodeficiency Syndrome is spread by bites and intact cats fight a great deal more than altered cats.

Additional Benefits:

  • Spay and neuter is the only proven solution to our area’s pet overpopulation problem. The more pets that are fixed, the fewer pets end up in our local shelters or on the streets.
  • Your community will also benefit. Unwanted animals are becoming a very real concern in many places. Stray animals can easily become a public nuisance, soiling parks and streets, ruining shrubbery, frightening children and elderly people, creating noise and other disturbances, causing automobile accidents, and sometimes even killing livestock or other pets.
    – The American Veterinary Medical Association
  • The capture, impoundment and eventual destruction of unwanted animals costs taxpayers and private humanitarian agencies over a billion dollars each year. As a potential source of rabies and other less serious diseases, they can be a public health hazard.
    – The American Veterinary Medical Association

*list courtesy of SpayUSA.org*

 

 

Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR), the humane approach to addressing feral & community cat populations, works. It saves cats’ lives and is effective. TNR improves the lives of cats, addresses community concerns, reduces complaints about cats, and stops the breeding cycle. TNR improves the co-existence between outdoor cats and humans in our shared environment. TNR balances the needs and concerns of the human communities in which many feral cats live. People don’t want cats rounded up and killed. They want to see cat populations stabilized and appreciate when the mating behaviors of cats are brought into check through spaying and neutering. With TNR, adult cats—spayed or neutered, vaccinated, and eartipped—are returned to the colony to live out their lives in their outdoor home. (source: Alley Cat Allies)

 

 

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. No more than 5 feral cats per client, per day will be accepted.

Why Do You Cut Off the Tip of the Feral Cat’s Ear?

Eartipping is the universal sign of an altered feral cat. While the cat is sedated for the spay or neuter surgery, a quarter of an inch is removed from the tip of the left ear in a straight line cut. The procedure is swift and painless and healing is rapid.

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, but the scrotum remains.

“Fixing,” “altering” and “sterilizing” are other common terms used to reference spaying or neutering of both female and male pets.

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. For even more benefits, check out our spay/neuter benefits page.

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.

My Dog is Nursing. Can She Be Spayed?

You must wait until the puppies 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.

My Cat is Nursing. Can She Be Spayed?

Yes. We are able to safely spay lactating cats. We ask that the day of your appointment please let us know the cat is lactating and how old the kittens are. We also ask you make yourself available to pick your cat up early so she can get back to nursing her kittens. The veterinarian may choose to do a flank (side) spay on your cat, which lets the kittens safely nurse.

Please note we will not flank spay your cat if she has point coloration (siamese, ragdoll, etc).

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?

All dogs will go home with an e-collar which is included in the surgery cost. Cats generally do not need one but may be purchased at our clinic for $5 or can be purchased 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.