Why Spay/Neuter Your Pet?
- Your pets will live a longer, healthier lives. Spaying/neutering helps prevent cancer and other life-threatening diseases.
- Your male dog won't want to roam away from home. An intact male will do just about anything to find a mate! And once he's free to roam, he risks injury in traffic and fights with other males.
- Your neutered male will be much better behaved. Neutered cats and dogs focus their attention on their human families. On the other hand, unneutered dogs and cats may mark their territory by spraying strong-smelling urine all over the house. Many aggression problems can be avoided by early neutering.
- Spaying or neutering will NOT make your pet fat. Don’t use that old excuse! Lack of exercise and overfeeding will cause your pet to pack on the extra pounds—not neutering. Your pet will remain fit and trim as long as you continue to provide exercise and monitor food intake.
- It is highly cost-effective. The cost of your pet's spay/neuter surgery is a lot less than the cost of having and caring for a litter. It also beats the cost of treatment when your unneutered tom escapes and gets into fights with the neighborhood stray!
- Spaying and neutering your pet is good for the community. Stray animals pose a real problem in many parts of the country. They can prey on wildlife, cause car accidents, damage the local fauna and frighten children. Spaying and neutering packs a powerful punch in reducing the number of animals on the streets.
- Your pet doesn't need to have a litter for your children to learn about the miracle of birth. Letting your pet produce offspring you have no intention of keeping is not a good lesson for your children—especially when so many unwanted animals end up in shelters. There are tons of books and videos available to teach your children about birth in a more responsible way.
- Spaying and neutering helps fight pet overpopulation. Every year, millions of cats and dogs of all ages and breeds are euthanized or suffer as strays. These high numbers are the result of unplanned litters that could have been prevented by spaying or neuter
Surgery Clinic Information
Healthy pets only. Please let us know if your pet has ever been treated by a veterinarian for health problems so we can evaluate risk adequately.
You will be required to sign an anesthesia waiver explaining surgical risks.
- All pets must be at least 3 lbs and at least 3 months old. Pets age 3 and over must first be evaluated by Dr. Faulkner
- Cats are required to have FVRCP and rabies vaccines.
- Dogs are required to have DHLPP and rabies vaccines.
- Please bring proof of current vaccines from your veterinarian.
- If your pet is not up to date on vaccines, they will be given the required vaccines at the time of surgery at cost to the owner.
- The clinic opens for admissions at 8:00 AM. This is not just a drop-off; plan to be there approximately 15 minutes to meet with a veterinary technician.
- No food after 10:00 p.m. the night before surgery. Your pet's stomach must be empty, or it could vomit during anesthesia, choke, or develop aspiration pneumonia. Water during the night is okay.
- Dogs must come on a leash or harness.
- Cats must arrive in their own individual carriers. We sell cardboard carriers for $7.00 if you do not have one.
- Bitter Apple Spray or E-Collars are available here for $5.00 or $10.00, respectively, if your pet tends to chew or lick the suture site.
- If your pet has been vaccinated for rabies within the past 3 years, we must see the current rabies certificate. Bring it with you that morning, or it can be faxed to us at 208-883-8555 If we don't see the rabies certificate by ADMISSION we will vaccinate at your expense. The metal tag is not acceptable as proof.
- Your pets must be picked up in the afternoon before 5:00pm on the day of surgery.
Post-Operative Procedures (These must be followed for proper recovery)
- Offer small quantities of food or water after you return home.
- Gradually increase the amount of food and water over the next 24 hours.
- Do not be alarmed if your pet does not eat or drink the first evening.
- Restrict your pet's activity for the next few days. Spayed females require more recovery time than neutered males. Keep males indoors and quiet for 1-3 days, females for 3-5 days, if possible.
- Check the incision at least twice a day until healed. If the incision gets dirty, clean gently with a cotton ball and water. Remember, your pet has undergone major surgery, and a small amount of red, watery seepage or bruising is normal for a few days. Contact a veterinarian if you find:
- the incision is opening, or blood is dripping from the incision
- any sign of infection, or the incision appears unusually swollen or inflamed
- excessive swelling of the scrotum on males
- Surgical sutures will dissolve within 30-60 days, and will not need to be removed.
- Male dogs are very prone to licking the surgical area and can pull out their stitches early. We strongly recommend that owners of male dogs purchase a plastic e-collar or bitter apple spray to prevent the pet from licking his incision and causing bleeding, infection, and additional costs for you.
- Do not allow your pet to get wet or go swimming for 2 weeks after surgery as this can easily introduce infection into the incision.
- Do not give aspirin or Tylenol for pain relief. These drugs can be deadly, especially to cats. Contact us immediately if you feel your pet is suffering from excessive pain.
- If you have a question or concern about your pet during the first 10 days after surgery, please contact the Spay Neuter Clinic at (208) 882-6288
- If you feel you have a life-threatening emergency and are unable to reach us, contact your local emergency veterinarian.
Fee Schedule for Dogs Spay and Neuter
*All fees are due at the time of admission.
Owners with female dogs in heat or pregnant will be charged an additional $25.00 upon pick-up.
Dog take-home pain medication (recommended for every dog): $15.00
Dog pain medication injection (recommended for larger/older dogs): $20.00
Fee Schedule for Cat Spay and Neuter
*All fees are due at the time of admission.
(recommended for females)
*All fees are due at the time of admission.VACCINES with or without surgery
|Canine Kennel Cough||$18.00|
|Feline FeLV vaccine||$18.00|
We offer microchip identification to all pet owners. A microchip, the size of a grain of rice, is injected under the animal's skin between the shoulder blades. Each chip has a unique number that is registered with a national database along with the pet owner's address and phone number. The microchip can be read by scanners that are currently used by most animal organizations and veterinary clinics.
While Affordable Veterinary Care does provide front de-claw surgeries for cats, we first reccommend alternate methods of controlling unwanted clawing behavior (nail caps, scratching posts, pheromone sprays, etc). Additionally, we recommend that owners be fully aware of what the surgery entails and the aftercare that is required.
Declaw Surgery: $125.00
Declaw and Spay/Neuter: $175.00