Frequently Asked Questions
- What are your hours?
CSNC is open Monday through Friday. Unless otherwise specified on our calendar, Spay/Neuter surgeries are performed on Monday and Wednesday, Wellness appointments are held on Tuesday and Thursday, and Vaccine Clinics are on the last Friday of every month. Please see our calendar for the current month's schedule.
- Do I need an appointment for a feral cat?
No appointment is necessary for feral cats, and they can be dropped off at CSNC Monday through Wednesday between the hours of 8 am and 1 pm. (Feral cats MUST be transported in a secure, live-release trap. No Exceptions!) Surgery will be performed on the same day and cats must be picked up at 7:30 am the following morning. For pricing and complete details about feral cat program, click here.
- How old does my pet have to be before I can have them spayed/neutered?
Healthy pets can be spayed/neutered at 8 weeks (2 months) and as little as 2 lbs.
- How long before I can pick my pet up?
Drop off/check in is at 8:00 am on the day of surgery, and pickup is the following morning at 7:30 am.
- Can my pet eat and drink the night before surgery?
Yes. Feed your pet a normal meal (with water) the night before surgery. On the morning of surgery, give them about 1/3rd of their normal meal and a little water.
- How long does the surgery take?
It depends on the animal. For a male cat, approximately 1-5 minutes and for a large female dog, approximately 20 minutes.
- Do you send them home with pain medication?
All patients receive pain medication before surgery. For an additional $5, you can purchase an extra pain medication injection that will last about 24 hrs after surgery. This medication acts as an anti inflammatory and helps keep your pet comfortable during the recovery process.
- Do you give vaccinations?
Yes. We administer vaccinations during surgery, during wellness appointments, and also during our low-cost vaccine clinics. Check our calendar for the current month's schedule. We are required to administer a rabies vaccination if your pet does not have a current one. We will administer additional vaccinations at the time of surgery at your request.
- Can I come in for just a rabies shot?
Yes. See above.
- When do female dogs and cats start coming in heat?
Cats can have their first heat cycle between 4-6 months of age and will go in to heat approximately 3 times a year. Each litter typically has between 4 and 6 kittens. Dogs go into heat at about 4-6 months of age and typically have two heat cycles per year. Each litter has, on average, between 4 and 10 puppies. A dog’s heat cycle lasts a total of 30 days.
- How long does a dog/cat pregnancy last?
The gestational period for both dogs and cats is about 60-63 days. Please note that dogs and cats can get pregnant again while nursing a litter! Each litter can potentially have up to four different fathers!
- Can you fix them while they're pregnant?
Until pet overpopulation is reduced to a point where animal shelters and rescue groups can handle the number of homeless, incoming animals without having to euthanize for space, it is more humane to spay the pregnant pet (terminate the pregnancy) than it is to contribute to pet overpopulation where that future litter could potentially live life on the streets as homeless pets, or worse. We look forward to the day when this is no longer necessary and we are working hard to achieve this with every spay/neuter we do. There is no additional fee for spaying pregnant females.
- Is it dangerous if they're in heat/pregnant?
There is a higher risk if they are in heat or pregnant. If they are pregnant, the sooner you can bring them in, the better. When female dogs and cats are in heat, the vagina will swell during the first 10 days. There will be bloody discharge during the next 10 days. The swelling of the vagina will gradually subside during the final 10 days as they come out of heat. To reduce the risk, we prefer wait two weeks after the bloody discharge has stopped to perform surgery.
- How soon after they have a litter can they be fixed?
We prefer to wait about two weeks after the puppies/kittens stop nursing before we spay the mother. The puppies/kittens must be completely weaned (eating solid food on their own, typically around 4-6 weeks of age) and separated from the mother so they aren’t still nursing. The mother's milk must be completely dried up before surgery can be performed.
- What is the recovery period like?
The total recovery period is 7-10 days. You will need to restrict your pet's activity, keep them indoors, and keep them dry. You will also need to check their incision twice daily and prevent them from licking or biting the incision. You will receive post-op instructions when you pick your pet up, and you can also click here for more post-op information.
- What is that green mark near my pet's incision?
Your pet received a small tattoo during surgery to indicate that they've been fixed.
- Should I be worried that my dog/cat is licking his/her incision?
Licking the incision can dissolve the glue used to keep the incision closed, and also introduce bacteria into the wound, causing infection.To prevent your pets from licking or biting the incision area, we have two products available for purchase: Bitter Orange ($6.00) is a topical liquid that is applied around the incision area. The bitter taste prevents some animals from licking, however it is not effective with all animals. The E-Collar (Elizabethan Collar/Cone) is the most effective way to prevent licking and biting, and we have different sizes available for $12.72.