Saving Lives, One Spay/Neuter At a Time!
The City of Richmond has a breeding ordinance that is currently in effect requiring all dogs and cats over the age of four months to be spayed and neutered. If you do not have your dogs and cats spayed and neutered by this age...
*Please let us know when scheduling if your male cat or dog does not have both testicles descended (cryptorchid).
*Please let us know when scheduling if your cat or dog is pregnant or in heat.
*We do offer spay/neuter for feral cats, just let us know when scheduling.
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We always call you the day before your scheduled appointment. We will go over any questions you may have and go over these check-in instructions.
In addition to its impact on pet overpopulation, having your pet spayed/neutered provides many medical and behavioral benefits:
Your pet’s surgery is really not much different than a surgical procedure performed in a “human hospital.”
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.
Exam: First our veterinarian will give your pet a routine physical exam. 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 procedure.
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 for surgical emergencies when your pet is discharged from the hospital, which can be used to reach us 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
If you would like additional pain medications for your pet following their spay or neuter, please let us know and we will prepare them for you.
Re-checks following surgery are provided at no cost, except the cost of any medications.
There are many advantages to sterilization prior to the traditional six months of age. Animals spayed or neutered at eight to ten weeks of age benefit from less stress and a quicker recovery from surgery. At this age, absence of abdominal fat makes the procedure take less time than in older patients. This means less trauma to the animal, as less tissue is disturbed, and less time is spent under anesthesia. In addition,...
These prices are for routine spays and neuters. There are extra fees for special circumstances. We will always alert you to any extra fees as soon as possible.
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Spay and Neuter Surgeries are scheduled by phone or in person only. We do not schedule appointments via e-mail. To schedule a surgery, please call (804)359-6369.
Should you reach our voicemail, leave a detailed voice message with:
*We must speak to you in order to schedule an appointment. If it is hard to reach you by phone, feel free to stop by our clinic and schedule in person. We are available for scheduling in person on Tues, Wed, Fri, & Sat 9am-6pm, and Mon & Thurs 9am-4pm
Rabies Vaccination is now $15
In order to continue to offer low cost, high quality spay and neuter surgery, we will raise the cost of our Rabies vaccination from $10 to $15 as of May 1st. We have not raised our spay and neuter surgery costs in over 10 years despite costs for supplies and medications continuing to go up year after year. We will continue to do all we can to keep the cost of surgery as affordable as possible.
Thank you for understanding!