Spay & Neuter Wellness Program
A massive overpopulation of cats and dogs means that an estimated 3.7 million animals that live in shelters have to be euthanized each year due to a lack of willing adopters. This is a heart-breaking figure for any animal lover, and many responsible owners are now choosing to neuter or spay their pets to help prevent more animals going without loving homes.
Spaying and neutering your pet is a crucial step in the long-term health of your furry friend. While we and many animal clinics have your pet's best interest at heart, some spay and neuter clinics are initiated solely to offer population control, with little concern for the long-term health of your pet.
In order to cut costs, other programs accept the possibility of post-surgical complications or even anesthetic death in order to provide a low-cost alternative to potential clients. Though they accept these complications as "acceptable risks", we instead believe your pet's health is by far the top priority.
What makes our spay and neuter program unique?
- Our doctors and staff will discuss the anesthetic procedure and surgery with you directly and address any questions or concerns
- There are no contracts or long-term obligations are required
- Pre-anesthetic bloodwork is part of the program
- We provide anesthetic monitoring throughout the entire procedure
- Pain management is included in the program
- Access to after-hours contact with one of our doctors
What are the health benefits to your pet from being properly spayed or neutered?
- Neutering your male pet before they reach 6 months of age will prevent developing testicular cancer and also reduce the risk of perianal tumors.
- Spaying your female pet before their first heat will prevent uterine infections and breast cancer, which is fatal in 90% of cats and 50% of dogs.
- If you have more than one pet, spaying or neutering can improve their temperament, meaning that all of your pets will get along better.
- With raising a litter of animals costing anything upwards of $200, neutering or spaying is a significantly cheaper, and easier option!
- Neutering or spaying benefits the community as it reduces the number of animals on the streets, particularly strays.
What do we set as the main priorities for keeping your pet safe and healthy throughout our program?
- Open communication of entire procedure between doctor and client
- Medical history and current health of your pet closely analyzed by the doctor
- Any risk factors addressed by doctor and communicated to pet owner
- Immediate availability for questions, concerns, or addressing complications
Cost of Our Program
Less than 50 lbs
Between 51-75 lbs
Over 75 lbs
Please call (703) 361-0271, prices subject to change.
What exactly does a spay or neuter surgery entail?
Neutering is the removal of testicles in male animals and spaying is the removal of the uterus and ovaries of females.
What are some specific health benefits of spaying or neutering my pet?
Aside from overpopulation, there are plenty of other reasons why you should consider neutering or spaying your pets, including a number of serious health benefits. Here are some specific examples why we highly recommend this program for your pet.
- Male dogs in particular will go to extreme lengths to find a mate and have been known to dig under fences and escape properties. They also regularly get into fights with other dogs. Neutering removes most of this aggression and stops them from trying to run away.
- Females in heat can be very noisy and messy as they urinate much more often and aren't too fussy about where they do it! With heat cycles lasting 4/5 days and occurring every 3 weeks during the breeding season, it can be a difficult time. Spayed females will not go into heat and so this problem will be eradicated.
- Un-neutered males also mark their territory by spraying urine and exhibit quite naughty behavior. Neutering them solves many early aggression problems, helps level their behavior and brings their focus and attention on to their human families. Neutering can also help prevent unwanted behaviors such as humping.
- If you have more than one pet, spaying or neutering can improve the temperament of an animal meaning that all of your pets are much more likely to get along.
- Neutering or spaying will also benefit the community as it will reduce the number of animals on the streets, particularly strays who are known to destroy property, raid garbage, destroy wildlife and cause accidents.
How old does my pet need to be to be spayed/neutered?
Most animals can be neutered or spayed from around eight weeks of age and it is almost always better to perform the procedure before they reach sexual maturity/come into their first heat. However, we will happily advise you should you have any questions or concerns.