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Spaying & Neutering
COST FOR SPAY/NEUTER SURGERY
By spaying or neutering your pet, you’ll help control the pet homelessness crisis, which results in millions of healthy dogs and cats being euthanized in the United States each year simply because there aren’t enough homes to go around. There are also medical and behavioral benefits to spaying (female pets) and neutering (male pets) your animals.
WHAT TO EXPECT AFTER MY PET HAS SPAY/NEUTER SURGERY
Try your best to limit your pet's activity level for the next 10-14 days and the cone collar should be kept on AT ALL TIMES. Your pet should be able to eat, drink, and sleep with the cone on. Please note you will need to elevate their food and water bowls to help them access them with the cone on. Pets should be restricted to short potty walks, we recommend to keep them in a kennel or confined to a bedroom when you are not monitoring them, pets that like to play/rough house with other pet's should be kept separate until they are completely healed from surgery. Cats should be kept indoors, if they are allowed outside.
For females, surgical steel sutures are usually used and are permanent under the skin. Staples and or surgical glue may also be used to close the skin. If your pet has staples, they should be removed in 14 days after the surgery. You can drop-in anytime we are open and have these removed for free.
The night of surgery when you bring your pet home, they may still be a little groggy from the anesthesia. Please keep them in a dimly-lit and quiet area until they are more alert. After surgery, cats may not want to be handled right away, allow them to come to you when they are ready. You may feed your pet at their normal dinner time after the surgery, however we recommend feeding them half of what they normally eat so as not to upset their stomachs. It is normal if your pet does not want to eat or vomits it's food the night of surgery. If your pet's appetite is not back to normal within 24 hours, please call us ASAP.
Healthy animals do not need antibiotics following a routine sterile surgery such as spay/neuter. Most post-op incision issues are due to self trauma (licking) by the patient and DO NOT require an emergency room visit, unless there is tissue/organs hanging outside of the body wall. If you go to another vet, YOU will be responsible for the bill. Well Pet is not liable for any complications that may arise.
Please drop-in to Well Pet any time during normal business hours to have your pet's incision checked for free if you have any concerns.
We now offer microchipping at a low price of $25.00 per microchip. We now use Save This Life microchips and more information can be found on their website: www.savethislife.com
Microchips are small computer chips that are the size of a grain of rice that is inserted under your pet's skin, usually between the shoulder blades. Microchips carry a unique ID number to identify your pet. Microchips are not tracking devises. When a microchip scanner is passed over the over the pet, the microchip transmits the microchips ID number.
We recommend that all pets receive a microchip to help ensure that your pet is returned to you in case they are ever lost or stolen. Although, putting a collar with an ID tag and contact information on your pet is also important, microchipping is permanent. You do not have to worry about it ever falling out and it will last the lifetime of your pet. It is important that you keep your contact information up to date so that you can be reached in case your pet is ever lost.
If your pet has already received a microchip elsewhere, please let us know so that we can put the microchip number into our computer system and your pet can have a completed profile.