A spay is a surgical procedure performed by a veterinarian that removes the ovaries and uterus from a female animal. It eliminates the possibility of ovarian and uterine infection and cancer and can also reduce the risk of mammary gland tumors later in life. Spaying your pet reduces the likelihood of an unwanted litter and ultimately leads to the reduction of pet overpopulation and euthanasia.
The Benefits of Spaying Your Female Dog
Getting your pet spayed prevents you from dealing with the mess and stress of heat. For dogs, this means you won’t have to deal with your pet bleeding.
Spaying also reduces the chance of your female dog getting breast (mammary gland) cancer, especially if your dog is spayed before its first heat cycle. In unspayed female dogs, mammary gland tumors are among the most common forms of cancer.
Having a spayed pet also eliminates the chance of your dog’s uterus becoming infected with a condition called a Pyometra. Pyometra is a life-threatening infection and requires emergency surgery.
The Benefits of Spaying Your Female Cat
Fixing your cat prevents your cat from going into heat, saving you from hearing the constant meowing and demands for your time and attention. Just like with dogs, spaying your cat reduces their getting breast (mammary gland) cancer, especially if your cat is spayed before their first heat cycle. In unspayed female cats, mammary gland tumors are less common than in dogs, but 85% are cancerous and deadly.
What to Expect the Day of Your Surgery
On the day of surgery, you will drop your pet at one of the clinic locations at 7:30 am. You will be asked to complete a surgical release before you are checked in. Once your paperwork is complete and you have checked in at the desk your pet will be admitted. Pick up is that afternoon. You will pay when you check out and receive post-op instructions and medication.
Dogs will be sent home with post-op medication, their visit records, and contact information in case you require assistance after your pet's surgery. Cats receive a long-acting pain medication during surgery that lasts for several days so they do not need at-home pain medication administered post-op.
You can see the full list of our services and pricing here and you will be told about any specials we are offering when you are scheduled. Pricing for dogs is between $65 and $150. Cats are generally between $20 and $50. If your dog is over 40 pounds there is an additional $15 charge, if your pet is over 84 pounds, there is an additional $30 charge.
Let Us Help Answer Your Questions
Does a licensed veterinarian perform the surgeries?
Yes. We have full-time veterinarians on staff, all licensed in the state of North Carolina, and all with special advanced training in spay neuter. North Carolina state law mandates that any person performing surgery on an animal be a licensed veterinarian by the North Carolina State Veterinary Board. You can view our veterinarians' credentials on the Doctors page.
What forms of payment do you accept?
We accept all forms of payment, EXCEPT checks and Care Credit.
Can I walk in with my animal for a surgery?
No. All appointments need to be scheduled in advance. Click/tap here to request an appointment.
What are your drop off and pick up times?
Drop off time:
7:30 am for dogs, 8 am for cats.
Pick up time:
Dogs – 3 pm on the same day of surgery. Cats – Cat pickup is the same day as drop off at 3 pm.
Can you give my cat/dog vaccinations while he/she is there?
Yes. We offer vaccinations and testing to our surgery patients at a reduced price on the day of your pet's scheduled surgery.
Do you administer pain medication to my pet?
Yes. Pain medicine is given during the surgery.
Dogs: Receive an injection of an anti-inflammatory medication post-op that will last for 24 hours. Another anti-inflammatory and pain medication, Carprofen, is in your discharge packet. You should start this medication (which is labeled and cut up in the correct dosage) the morning after surgery. Male dogs should have three days of this medication, and female dogs should have five days of this medication. Additional pain medication may be sent home with animals that had a more complicated surgery.
Cats: Receive a long-acting pain reliever injection called Buprenorphine SR (sustained-release). No additional pain medicine is required as this injection will provide pain relief for three days.
Can you microchip my pet?
For a $30 fee, we can microchip on surgery days or when we provide low-cost medical services. The company that provides our microchips is called Save This Life.
This chip has technology that allows the person who finds your lost pet to “Google” the number on the chip. This search attempt sends you, the pet owner, a text or email with a map of where the lost animal has been found. The $30 fee is also good for the lifetime of your pet. (There are no additional fees for changing your contact information.)
Do you perform surgeries on community cats?
Yes. Please see this page for community cat policies and procedures.