surgery is really not much different than a surgical procedure performed in a
If you have ever had out-patient surgery yourself, you can expect your
pet's experience to be similar.
|The SPAY procedure is the surgical removal of the ovaries and uterus from female
dogs and cats
performed while the animal is completely anesthetized.
The NEUTER of male dogs and cats is the surgical removal of the
testes while the animal is completely anesthetized.
First our veterinarian will give your pet a routine physical exam. She or he
will check heart and lung function, record weight and temperature, look for
external parasites (fleas, ear mites, obvious worms), and evaluate the animal's
general wellness. If the veterinarian detects a condition that could
compromise the safety of your pet during surgery (i.e., heart murmur, severe
upper respiratory infection, etc.), surgery will not be performed, and the
veterinarian will contact you.
PRE-OPERATIVE PROCEDURES: Following the physical exam, your pet will
be given a pre-operative sedative so that she or he can relax prior to the
administration of anesthesia. Once under anesthesia, your pet will undergo
pre-surgical preparation. This preparation includes shaving the surgical
site to allow thorough cleansing and disinfection of the area; "scrubbing"
the surgical site with an antiseptic solution; administering eye
ointment to keep the eyes moist, as the animal does not have a blink reflex
under anesthesia. The patient is carefully monitored throughout the entire
SURGERY: When your dog or cat has been prepped
for surgery, she or he is taken into the surgery room, and the surgical procedure is
performed. The doctor is scrubbed and gloved for surgery; all instruments and
materials used are sterile. Once surgery is complete, the incision is sutured
(stitched) to close. The suture material is absorbable, so there is no need for your
pet to return to have them removed. Male cats do not have sutures, as the incision
is very small and does not require them.
POST-SURGERY: After surgery is complete, your
pet will begin to wake up. She or he is carefully monitored throughout the entire
awakening process, to ensure a smooth recovery. This period usually takes about
15-20 minutes, but the animal will remain groggy for two to twelve hours following
surgery. Everyone responds differently to anesthesia. In general, the younger the
animal, the quicker the recovery.
You will be given detailed post-operative instructions and an
emergency pager number when your pet is discharged from the hospital,
which can be used to reach us 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Re-checks following surgery are provided at no cost.
Special Surgeries now open to
the public. Call the hospital for more information.
Over 125 lbs.
*Additional charges apply for cryptorchid
** An additional
charge (depending on size) for female dogs in heat or pregnant and
additional $15 for pregnant cats.
Vaccines are available on a walk-in basis from 10 am to 3
pm Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday.
To take advantage of this service, you must provide documentation that your pet
has been spayed or neutered.
(Distemper, Adenovirus, Parainfluenza and Parvovirus.)
It's the worst nightmare for any pet parent - Your
cat or dog gets lost! Give yourself a little piece of mind and
have your pet microchipped ($22 including registration). The ResQ
pet identification system is a safe and convenient ISO-compliant
microchip system designed to reunite pets with their owners. ResQ
is the first ISO-Compliant microchip available in the United States. It
utilizes technology recommended by most major pet welfare organizations
including the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA).
National organizations that
provide financial assistance to pet owners in need:
Please keep in mind that each organization is independent and has their
own set of rules and guidelines. Therefore you will have to investigate
each one separately to determine if you qualify for assistance:
The Big Hearts Fund (financial assistance for the diagnosis and
treatment of canine and feline heart disease):
Foundation (prescription medications):
Canine Cancer Awareness:
Cats In Crisis:
Ministry Veterinary Charity:
Bullet Fund (cancer-specific):
The Mosby Fund:
The Onyx & Breezy Foundation:
Paws 4 A Cure:
The Pet Fund:
of the Homeless (pet food and veterinary care assistance for homeless):www.petsofthehomeless.org
Foundation “Bentley Grant”:
the State of Virginia:
Angels of Assisi: Roanoke (spay/neuter assistance)
Animal Welfare League of Alexandria: Alexandria (spay/neuter assistance)
Welfare League of Alexandria:
Animal Welfare League of Arlington: Arlington (spay/neuter, vaccination
and microchip assistance, assistance for emergency veterinary care)
Bedford Humane Society: Bedford (spay/neuter assistance)
Capital Animal Care Mobile Spay/Neuter Clinic: Northern Virginia (pet
food, supplies and spay/neuter assistance)
Charlottesville-Albemarle SPCA: Charlottesville (spay/neuter assistance
for owned pets and feral cats)
Fairfax County Animal Shelter: Fairfax (spay/neuter every Monday)
Services Division - Fairfax County, Virginia
Fauquier SPCA: Warrenton (spay/neuter assistance)
Franklin County Humane Society: Rocky Mount (spay/neuter assistance)
Helping Hands Affordable Veternary Surgery and Dental Clinic: Richmond
(reduced cost veterinary surgery)
The Holly Help Memorial Spay Fund: Bristol (Pet food, spay/neuter
Humane Society of Culpeper: Culpeper (spay/neuter assistance)
Humane Society of Fairfax County: Fairfax (pet food)
Humane Society of Loudoun County: Purcellville (spay/neuter assistance)
Loudon County Animal Care and Control CARE Pet Pantry: Leesburg (pet
County, VA - Official Website - Pet Pantry
Moutain View Humane Spay Neuter Clinic (low cost spay/neuter)
Partners Among Cats and Canines: Franklin (spay/neuter assistance,
assistance for emergency veterinary care)
Richmond SPCA: Richmond and the surrounding counties of Chesterfield,
Hanover, Henrico and Goochland (free and low-cost spay/neuter services,
affordable pet wellness clinics, free pet pantry, free behavior support,
low-cost temporary off-site boarding for pets)
Roanoke Valley SPCA: Roanoke (pet food)
Shenandoah Valley Spay and Neuter Clinic: Harrisonburg (spay/neuter
South Central Spay/neuter Clinic: Evington (spay/neuter assistance)
Spay Inc.: Northern Virginia (spay/neuter assistance)
SPCA of Martinsville and Henry County: Martinsville (spay/neuter
Virginia Beach SPCA: Virginia Beach (pet food, assistance for necessary
veterinary medical care)
The Virginia Kincheloe Spay/Neuter Clinic, Fredericksburg (low-cost
Voices for Animals: Charlottesville (pet food, spay/neuter and
For more information about the microchip, please click
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Get your furry friend licensed right here
This service costs only $10
All that's required is a current rabies vaccination certificate.