Operations are performed on Mondays & Fridays by appointment only.
Cat check-ins are from 7:00 a.m. to 7:45 a.m.
Dog check-ins are from 7:45 a.m. until 8:15 a.m.
Last pick-up time is 4:00 p.m.
The building is not open to the public.
We are following COVID-19 protocols. Please wear a mask, and stay in your car;
we will come out to meet you.
Administrative staff works until 5:00 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays.
We are closed Thursday, Saturday and Sunday.
No, we are not a full service clinic.
We specialize in Spay/Neuter surgeries and TNR programs.
Contact your regular veterinarian for other services/needs.
A rabies vaccination is required for Spay/Neuter.
If no acceptable proof of up-to-date rabies paperwork is provided, the animal will be vaccinated.
The charge for a rabies vaccination is $12.
A rabies booster must be administered in 12 months and/or again in 3 years.
Feral and stray cats need to be brought to the clinic in a humane trap. Call the clinic to let us know when you'll be trapping so we can try to reserve a slot for you. Due to the unknown success rate of trapping, we have a limited number of slots each day for feral cats. If you need to borrow a live trap, we have them available for a $50 cash deposit. If you need help catching a cat, call the clinic for advice. Alley Cat Allies has information about TNR on their website at www.alleycat.org.
Yes. Animals may have food until 10:00 p.m. No food after 10:00 p.m., including treats. They may have access to water all night and the next morning. No food in the morning.
We schedule appointments in the first available slot based on species and gender of your animal. Some surgeries take longer than others and we have limited number of slots for each type of surgery.
Your animal will be ready to go home the same day as the surgery.
We do not keep animals overnight.
Discharge instructions and medications will be discussed with you at the time of pickup.
We will notify you as soon as your animal is cleared for discharge and pick-up.
If there are no complications:
Dog Spay: 30-45 minutes
Dog Neuter: 30 minutes
Cat Spay: 20-30 minutes
Cat Neuter: 5-10 minutes
There is always a risk when an animal is under anesthesia. We follow the American Veterinary Medical Association's (AVMA) guidelines for anesthetic and surgical procedures. We operate in a sterile environment and have an emergency cart available at all times. We have a licensed staff veterinarian and a licensed veterinary technician. Our veterinary assistant has been trained and educated in veterinary procedures.
Yes. All animals will be sent home with pain medication. The cost is included in the price of the surgery.
Yes. The cost is $15. Owner must register their pet.
Dogs-3 months old and 3 pounds.
Cats-2 months old and 2 pounds. However, the mandated Rabies vaccine for surgery requires 3 months of age.
6 years old.
Cats can go into heat as early as 4 months of age. Dogs can go into heat as early as 5 months of age.
Dogs: Usually 7-10 days, but can vary from 1-20 days. Cats: About 2 weeks, but can repeatedly go into heat. When kittens are 8 weeks old, mom can go into heat again.
Dogs and Cats: 63-67 days.
Yes we can spay/neuter animals when they are pregnant.
There is a higher risk if animals are spayed while in heat or pregnant. A greater chance of bleeding may occur since some blood vessels are larger and more engorged with blood during this time. With your written consent at admission, the litter may be humanely euthanized during spay surgery.
Mother cats can be spayed once their babies have been weaned from the mother and the milk has dried up. This will occur when the babies are about 6-7 weeks. You may not know the age of the kittens of a feral cat. We will spay a feral cat if she is lactating once you have caught it - you may not get another chance to catch the cat again. We will provide after-care instructions for the cat. Please understand the mother cat will be unable to nurse after surgery.
We use a combination of anesthetics to put animals under. This is a safer technique so they go to sleep smoothly and wake up after the procedure smoothly and calmly. Animals are constantly monitored while waking, wrapped in individual blankets and wrapped in a heating blanket. Once animals are sternal and attempting to move around, they will be returned to their kennel stall or carrier. Animals are checked on repeatedly until picked up.
The green mark is a tattoo to denote that the animal has been fixed. This will help others in the future if the animal is lost or goes to a new home.
Yes! The animal should not have access to the incision. Constant licking can lead to premature removal of the sutures, opening of the incision, infection, and possibly death.
Check on the animal frequently to make sure they are not licking the incision. E-collars are put on dogs. ($5, included on invoice). Cat e-collars are available for purchase. If the incision looks red, is oozing, or is open, please call for an appointment to come back in for a re-check. You may also make an appointment with your animal's regular veterinarian for treatment.
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