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Why Spay and Neuter?

Getting your spayed or neutered has many health and behavioral benefits. The most important is for the overall health of your pet.  Neutered male dogs live 18% longer than un-neutered male dogs and spayed female dogs live 23% longer than unspayed female dogs.

One main reason for that is it greatly reduces the risk of reproductive cancers or infections (ovarian cancer, prostate disease, testicular cancer, pyometras). This also helps to decrease the chance of developing mammary cancer, which is malignant in 50% of dogs, and 90% of cats.

Spaying or neutering your pet will also help reduce unwanted behaviors:

  • Control the urge for your pet to wander or roam, which can increase their risk of getting hit by a car or lost.
  • Control the urge to urine mark. In cats, neutering reduces urine marking by 90%, even in cats that have been doing it for a long time.
  • Control mounting behaviors.

Finally, spaying and neutering also helps to control unwanted breeding. In every community, in every state, there are homeless animals. In the U.S., there are an estimated 6-8 million homeless animals entering animal shelters every year. Barely half of these animals are adopted. Tragically, the rest are euthanized. These are healthy, sweet pets who would have made great companions.  Spaying and neutering is the only 100% reliable method of pet birth control.

When Can I Spay/Neuter?

You can get your pet spayed or neutered as early as 8 weeks of age (cats/kittens needing to be at least 2 pounds).

Canine

Dog preparing for surgery
DogsSpayNeuter
0-20 lbs$65$60
20.1-50 lbs$85$70
50.1-75 lbs$115$85
Over 75 lbs$125$100
Under 7 months
(verified by records or dental exam)
$60$60

Spay/Neuter Costs

Canine

  • 0-20 lbs  ~ Spay $65 | Neuter $60
  • 20.1-50 lbs  ~ Spay $85 | Neuter $70
  • 50.1-75 lbs  ~ Spay $115 | Neuter $85
  • over 75 lbs   ~ Spay $125 | Neuter $100
  • *under 7 months ~ Spay $60 | Neuter $60
  • *verified with records or dental exam
Additional Costs as Needed
  • Pregnant – extra $10 for IV catheter and fluids
  • Take home pain meds - $15
  • E-collar - $10

Before Surgery Information

Vaccinations

We have heard of a couple of incidents of illness in animals in our Tampa area. As such, we strongly recommend your pet be vaccinated at least one week prior to surgery with the DA2LPPv (distemper/parvo - for dogs) or FVRCP (distemper/upper respiratory - for cats). While no vaccine is 100% effective, vaccination will lessen the chance of your pet contracting disease, as well as decreasing the severity of the disease if your pet does contract it.

Feed a small snack the morning of surgery

Pets may have a quarter of the amount of their usual breakfast on the day of surgery (animals four months or younger may have half of their usual food intake). All pets can have water up until the time of surgery

No loose pets

All dogs must be on a leash and all cats must be in a carrier. If you do not have a carrier for your cat, you can purchase a cardboard carrier for $5. 

Tattoo

Your pet will receive a small, green tattoo near the incision site. This tattoo is not another incision—it’s just a small score in the top layers of the skin filled with tattoo ink and covered with surgical glue. The tattoo will ensure that anyone examining your animal will know they have been sterilized. 

After Surgery Information

Limit Activity

Some animals are active after surgery, while others remain quiet for a while. Either way, it is very important that you limit your pet's movements during the 7–10 day recovery period, as strenuous activity, such as running, jumping, or playing, could disrupt the healing process and even cause the incision to become swollen or open. To help keep your pet from being too active:a

  • Place your pet in an adequately sized carrier, kennel, crate or small room when you’re not able to supervise him/her. The animal must be able to stand up and turn around in the housing unit.
  • If your pet is small, carry him/her up and down stairs.
  • Walk your pet on-leash to allow him/her to urinate/defecate.
  • Do not take your pet for long walks or allow him/her to roughhouse with other animals or people. Also, do not allow your pet to jump on or off furniture.

To limit your cat’s activity, as well as help them feel safe and comfortable, place them in a quiet, confined area such as a bathroom, laundry room, or kitchen. This provides a safe hiding place for them, where you can easily monitor their recovery. Remember to provide fresh food and water and a clean litter box.

Keep them on their regular diet

Your pet has had a small snack on the night of surgery, and their appetite should return gradually within 24 hours. Give your pet a half-size meal when you bring them home, and then feed them their normal evening meal. Puppies and kittens may have an additional meal through the day. Water should always be available.

Do not change your pet's diet at this time, and do not give them junk food, table scraps, milk, or any other "people food" for seven days. Changes in their diet could hide post-surgical complications. Although patients' reactions to surgery can vary, lethargy (lasting for more than 24 hours after surgery), diarrhea, or vomiting are NOT normal, and you should contact us immediately if these occur. We can then assess if your pet needs to be examined by a medical professional.

If your pet has an e-collar, do not remove it for feeding unless you are able to supervise them. If you do remove it for feeding, replace it immediately after your pet is finished eating.

Keep incisions clean and dry

Dogs and female cats have internal sutures that provide strength to the tissue as they heal; these will dissolve after approximately four months. Surgical glue has also been applied to the skin to seal the incision against bacterial penetration. Male cats do not have any sutures, and, unless you are told otherwise, your pet does not have external sutures. If you are told that your pet has skin sutures or skin staples, they will need to return in 7–10 days to have those removed.

Do not bathe your pet during the recovery period, or apply topical ointment to the incision site—the surgical glue on the incision will dissolve too quickly if it becomes wet. Pets must be kept indoors where they can stay clean, dry, and warm, although dogs can be walked on a leash to go to urinate/defecate.

Check their incision twice daily

Female dogs and cats have a mid-line incision in their abdomen. Male dogs have an incision on the scrotum, and male cats have two incisions, one on each side of the scrotum. Check these incision sites at least twice daily. What you see when we discharge your pet is what we consider normal.

There should be no drainage/discharge/odor in females, and redness and swelling should be minimal. Male dogs may have small amounts of drainage/discharge for up to three days. Male cats may appear as if they still have testicles; this is normal, and the swelling should subside gradually through the recovery period. If there are any bumps or bruises present, they should decrease in size and appearance through the recovery period.

Do not allow your pet to lick or chew at the incision. Licking may cause the incision to become infected or open, which will likely require follow-up visits at a veterinary clinic at considerable cost. If this occurs, we recommend you purchase an e-collar, which prevents them from being able to reach the area. You can purchase an e-collar from us for $10, or at the veterinary clinic or pet store of your choice. If your pet is still able to lick the surgery site after purchasing an e-collar, choose a larger collar or call us for help.

Monitor their pain levels

Our veterinarians employ a multi-modal pain management protocol—this means that different pain medications are administered before, during, and after surgery. If your pet appears to be in pain after getting home, please call our clinic.

Our staff can assess whether or not your pet needs to be examined. Do not give human medication to your pet – it is dangerous and can be fatal.

Monitor for complications

Spaying and neutering are both very safe surgeries; however, as with all surgery, complications can occur. Minimal redness and swelling of the surgery site should resolve within several days, but if they persist longer, please contact us. You should also contact us immediately if you notice any of the following:

  • Pale gums
  • Depression
  • Unsteady gait
  • Loss of appetite or decreased water intake
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Discharge or bleeding from the incision
  • Difficulty urinating or defecating
  • Labored breathing

We will treat at our clinic, at minimal cost, any post-operative complications resulting directly from the surgery, if the above post-operative instructions have been followed in full.  Illnesses or injuries that are not a direct result of surgery or resulting from failure to follow post-operative instructions, or from contagious diseases for which the animal was not previously properly vaccinated, can be treated at normal costs.

Always monitor your pet’s urine for blood – a small amount may be present in female animals during the first 24 hours after surgery. If this continues or occurs at other times, please call us, as your pet may have a bladder infection unrelated to surgery. 

Feline

Cat after surgery
CatsSpayNeuter
Over 7 months$50$40
Under 7 months
(Verified by records or dental evaluation)
$35$35

Spay/Neuter Costs

Feline

  • Over 7 months  ~ Spay $50 | Neuter $40
  • Under 7 months  ~ Spay $35 | Neuter $35
  • *verified with records or dental exam
Additional Costs as Needed
  • Pregnant – extra $10 for IV catheter and fluids
  • Take home pain meds - $15
  • E-collar - $10

Before Surgery Information

Vaccinations

We have heard of a couple of incidents of illness in animals in our Tampa area. As such, we strongly recommend your pet be vaccinated at least one week prior to surgery with the DA2LPPv (distemper/parvo - for dogs) or FVRCP (distemper/upper respiratory - for cats). While no vaccine is 100% effective, vaccination will lessen the chance of your pet contracting disease, as well as decreasing the severity of the disease if your pet does contract it.

Feed a small snack the morning of surgery

Pets may have a quarter of the amount of their usual breakfast on the day of surgery (animals four months or younger may have half of their usual food intake). All pets can have water up until the time of surgery

No loose pets

All dogs must be on a leash and all cats must be in a carrier. If you do not have a carrier for your cat, you can purchase a cardboard carrier for $5. 

Tattoo

Your pet will receive a small, green tattoo near the incision site. This tattoo is not another incision—it’s just a small score in the top layers of the skin filled with tattoo ink and covered with surgical glue. The tattoo will ensure that anyone examining your animal will know they have been sterilized. 

After Surgery Information

Limit Activity

Some animals are active after surgery, while others remain quiet for a while. Either way, it is very important that you limit your pet's movements during the 7–10 day recovery period, as strenuous activity, such as running, jumping, or playing, could disrupt the healing process and even cause the incision to become swollen or open. To help keep your pet from being too active:a

  • Place your pet in an adequately sized carrier, kennel, crate or small room when you’re not able to supervise him/her. The animal must be able to stand up and turn around in the housing unit.
  • If your pet is small, carry him/her up and down stairs.
  • Walk your pet on-leash to allow him/her to urinate/defecate.
  • Do not take your pet for long walks or allow him/her to roughhouse with other animals or people. Also, do not allow your pet to jump on or off furniture.

To limit your cat’s activity, as well as help them feel safe and comfortable, place them in a quiet, confined area such as a bathroom, laundry room, or kitchen. This provides a safe hiding place for them, where you can easily monitor their recovery. Remember to provide fresh food and water and a clean litter box.

Keep them on their regular diet

Your pet has had a small snack on the night of surgery, and their appetite should return gradually within 24 hours. Give your pet a half-size meal when you bring them home, and then feed them their normal evening meal. Puppies and kittens may have an additional meal through the day. Water should always be available.

Do not change your pet's diet at this time, and do not give them junk food, table scraps, milk, or any other "people food" for seven days. Changes in their diet could hide post-surgical complications. Although patients' reactions to surgery can vary, lethargy (lasting for more than 24 hours after surgery), diarrhea, or vomiting are NOT normal, and you should contact us immediately if these occur. We can then assess if your pet needs to be examined by a medical professional.

If your pet has an e-collar, do not remove it for feeding unless you are able to supervise them. If you do remove it for feeding, replace it immediately after your pet is finished eating.

Keep incisions clean and dry

Dogs and female cats have internal sutures that provide strength to the tissue as they heal; these will dissolve after approximately four months. Surgical glue has also been applied to the skin to seal the incision against bacterial penetration. Male cats do not have any sutures, and, unless you are told otherwise, your pet does not have external sutures. If you are told that your pet has skin sutures or skin staples, they will need to return in 7–10 days to have those removed.

Do not bathe your pet during the recovery period, or apply topical ointment to the incision site—the surgical glue on the incision will dissolve too quickly if it becomes wet. Pets must be kept indoors where they can stay clean, dry, and warm, although dogs can be walked on a leash to go to urinate/defecate.

Check their incision twice daily

Female dogs and cats have a mid-line incision in their abdomen. Male dogs have an incision on the scrotum, and male cats have two incisions, one on each side of the scrotum. Check these incision sites at least twice daily. What you see when we discharge your pet is what we consider normal.

There should be no drainage/discharge/odor in females, and redness and swelling should be minimal. Male dogs may have small amounts of drainage/discharge for up to three days. Male cats may appear as if they still have testicles; this is normal, and the swelling should subside gradually through the recovery period. If there are any bumps or bruises present, they should decrease in size and appearance through the recovery period.

Do not allow your pet to lick or chew at the incision. Licking may cause the incision to become infected or open, which will likely require follow-up visits at a veterinary clinic at considerable cost. If this occurs, we recommend you purchase an e-collar, which prevents them from being able to reach the area. You can purchase an e-collar from us for $10, or at the veterinary clinic or pet store of your choice. If your pet is still able to lick the surgery site after purchasing an e-collar, choose a larger collar or call us for help.

Monitor their pain levels

Our veterinarians employ a multi-modal pain management protocol—this means that different pain medications are administered before, during, and after surgery. If your pet appears to be in pain after getting home, please call our clinic.

Our staff can assess whether or not your pet needs to be examined. Do not give human medication to your pet – it is dangerous and can be fatal.

Monitor for complications

Spaying and neutering are both very safe surgeries; however, as with all surgery, complications can occur. Minimal redness and swelling of the surgery site should resolve within several days, but if they persist longer, please contact us. You should also contact us immediately if you notice any of the following:

  • Pale gums
  • Depression
  • Unsteady gait
  • Loss of appetite or decreased water intake
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Discharge or bleeding from the incision
  • Difficulty urinating or defecating
  • Labored breathing

We will treat at our clinic, at minimal cost, any post-operative complications resulting directly from the surgery, if the above post-operative instructions have been followed in full.  Illnesses or injuries that are not a direct result of surgery or resulting from failure to follow post-operative instructions, or from contagious diseases for which the animal was not previously properly vaccinated, can be treated at normal costs.

Always monitor your pet’s urine for blood – a small amount may be present in female animals during the first 24 hours after surgery. If this continues or occurs at other times, please call us, as your pet may have a bladder infection unrelated to surgery.