Why Spay & Neuter?
Spaying is the sterilization surgery for female pets.
Neutering is the sterilization surgery for male pets.
Top Reasons to Spay/Neuter:
- Stops unwanted litters of kittens and puppies. Spaying and neutering helps reduce companion animal overpopulation; therefore, the number of dogs and cats surrendered to shelters or intentionally abandoned is dramatically reduced.
- Spay/neuter reduces the pet’s urge to roam. Surveys indicate that as many as 85% of dogs hit by cars are unaltered. Altered animals are not battling for mates, therefore they are less likely to be injured in fights.
- Reduces annoying spraying/marking and eliminates heat cycles.
- Altered animals have a decreased risk/no risk of mammary gland tumors/cancer, prostate cancer, perianal tumors, pyometra, and uterine, ovarian and testicular cancers.
- Spay/Neuter increases your pet’s 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.
- Do not feed your pet after p.m..
- It is okay for your pet to drink water.
- Check in is between 7:00-7:30 a.m.
- Animals arriving AFTER 7:30 - but before 7:45 a.m. are subject to a $5 per animal late fee. At 7:45 a.m. we reserve the right to reschedule the animal for another surger day because surgeries must begin promptly at 8 a.m.
- Please come into the building without your pet, complete the paperwork and pay your fees. You will then be instructed to bring your pet into the clinic.
- Cash is the only form of payment accepted.
- All animals must be in good health before surgery.
- Cats must be in a secure carrier labeled with your name and the cat’s name.
- Dogs must be on leashes even if they are being held in your arms.
- Dog discharge begins at 2:00 PM the same day. Cat discharge begins at 4:00 PM. If your animal is ready earlier, we will call you.
- If you are not able to make your appointment, we ask that you contact us 24 hours prior to your surgery date.
- If you do not notify us of your cancellation, we may require you to pre-pay to reschedule your pet’s surgery.
To ensure a successful and safe recovery, following surgery, it is important that you follow these instructions for the care of your pet. Please read them carefully and ask the doctor or technician about any questions or concerns that you might have.
Activity: Keep your pet indoors. Take dogs outside on a leash for elimination for the next 7-10 days; No running, jumping, or climbing; Normal activity may be resumed in 10 days. For cats: Keep the cat in its carrier or trap until it can move around normally. The cat can injure itself, you, or your property if released too soon. Its coordination is hindered by anesthesia, so it will not be able to jump or climb normally until the anesthesia wears off completely. Pets recovering from anesthesia are unable to regulate their body temperature normally and are especially susceptible to hot and cold weather. Keep the recovery area warm, ideally near 85 degrees.
FERAL Cats: Should be kept in a warm, dry, draft free, sheltered area after surgery. Keep the traps covered loosely with towels or sheets in cool weather. Make sure there is ample ventilation in hot weather. Place newspaper or plastic on the floor to catch urine, stool, and food that will fall form the trap. If the trap is on a cold floor, place a thick towel or blanket under the trap to maintain warmth. Keep noise, activity, and bright light to a minimum. Unless instructed otherwise, please release your cat 24 hours after surgery. Do not keep feral cats longer than 3 days, stress can inhibit a smooth recovery. Cats on medications may be kept longer.
Medication: Cats have been given a timed-release pain medicine, here in the hospital. Dogs will go home with pain medicine. Give this pill with food on their stomach, as prescribed on the label. NEVER give your pet any over the counter medications, these are toxic to pets. Only give what we have provided.
Food: Give a small amount of water this evening, once your pet holds this down you may offer HALF the amount of normal dinner portion tonight. Gradually increase to normal meals over the next 3 days. For puppies or kittens you may offer a small snack upon arrival at home. Do not allow your pet to gulp water or eat too much or too fast, as they may vomit.
Surgical site: Prevent your pet from licking or chewing the incision site; check the incision twice daily for redness, swelling, or discharge. Minor swelling, redness, or drainage is normal 24 hours after surgery. Dissolvable sutures have been used and you will see a small tattoo on female spays. NO BATH for 7-10 days! Dogs should wear the E-Collar for 10 days to prevent licking and chewing.
Normal outcomes in the first 24 hours after anesthesia/surgery: For cats: head bobbing, wobbly movements, drooling, shivering, mild bleeding from ear if tipped (ferals). DO NOT RELEASE CATS FROM THEIR CARRIERS UNTIL THEY ARE ABLE TO STAND AND WALK ON THEIR OWN. For dogs: sleepy and not as active for first 24 hours is OK. Mild swelling of incision can occur the first day. For severe swelling or bleeding call our emergency line right away.
Abnormal outcomes after anesthesia/surgery: Loss of appetite for more than 2 days, refusal to drink beyond the first day, abnormal pain, behavior, or depression, continued excessive bleeding from surgical site, pale gums, difficulty breathing, failure to stay awake, excessive swelling of the incision, or tissue hanging from the incision. Call our emergency line immediately at (479) 866-7025. DO NOT call our office line, as we run on limited days, staff, and volunteers. This number is a courtesy line for surgical emergencies only! As a courtesy service, we will attempt to treat complications arising directly from the surgery whenever possible. We will not be responsible for charges incurred if pets are taken elsewhere for treatment or for illness/injuries not directly related to surgery. Treatment for adverse reactions to anesthesia or complications resulting from poor recovery techniques will be the responsibility of the caretaker.
For other questions about your pet’s health or for illnesses/emergencies not related to surgery, contact your regular veterinarian or the nearest emergency hospital. Our emergency number is for surgical complications arising in the immediate post-operative period only.
Surgeries in 2017
- 3,024 cats
- 1,721 dogs
- Total for 2017 - 4,745
- Average # of surgeries/working day 50
- Total surgeries since opening 30,000 to Jan 4, 2018
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