Frequently Asked Questions
- When are you open?
Monday through Friday. Surgeries are performed Mon.-Thur.
- How can I make an appointment for a feral cat?
You can bring in a * feral cat whenever you * trap it, Monday through Wednesday (during business hours) and on Thursdays until noon. We will hold it overnight, fast it ourselves, and do surgery the next day.
- How long do they stay?
You drop them off at 8:00 in the morning, they will stay overnight and go home the next morning at 7:30a.m.
- Can they drink water all night before surgery?
- How long does the surgery take?
It depends on the animal; anywhere from 30 seconds for a male cat to 20 minutes for a large female dog.
- Do you send them home with pain medication?
All patients receive pain medication before surgery. For $5 additional you can purchase an extra pain medication injection that will last about 24 hrs after surgery - it's an anti-inflammatory, like Ibuprofen.
- Do you give vaccinations?
Yes, but only at the time of surgery. 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?
No, we can only give vaccinations at the time of surgery.
- When do they start coming in heat?
They usually reach sexual maturity at about four to six months.
- How long are they in heat?
It really depends on the animal.
- How long are they pregnant?
- Can you fix them while they're pregnant?
Yes, and we terminate all pregancies. 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 you can wait until they are no longer in heat to bring them in, that's the best.
If they are pregnant, the sooner you can bring them in, the better.
- How soon after they have a litter can they be fixed?
You need to wait about two weeks after the babies are completely done nursing - the mother has to stop lactating before we can do surgery.
- What is the recovery period like?
The total recovery period is 7-10 days. You need to restrict their activity and keep them indoors. You also need to watch their incision closely. We will give you a complete list of post-op instructions when you pick your pet up.
- How old do animals have to be?
Two months and two pounds.
- What is that extra green incision?
That is a tattoo, to identify that your pet has been spayed/neutered.
- Should I be worried that my dog/cat is licking his/her incision?
Yes. Please do not allow your pet to lick their incision site.
- What should I do to keep my dog/cat from licking his/her incision?
You can purchase Bitter Apple or Bitter Orange (from Walmart, Petco or PetSmart) - rub the ointment around the incision, not directly on it (it stings!). If that doesn't work, you need to get them an E-collar (lampshade).