What Does the Spay/Neuter Surgery Involve?

Your pet is going to have major surgery. Spaying and neutering are very safe medical procedures. As with any surgical procedure, complications can arise and great care needs to be given both prior to and following surgery.

The surgery requires general anesthesia. The patient is completely asleep and unable to feel or move. In female dogs and cats, the uterus and ovaries are removed through a small incision in the abdominal wall. Females are unable to get pregnant. In both male dogs and cats, the scrotum is not removed, only the testicles. Removal of the testicles prevents production of sperm and the male dog or cat will no longer be able to father puppies or kittens.

Pre-Operative Instructions

  1. You must have an appointment. Please call 334-239-7387 (PETS) to schedule your pet for surgery.
  2. We recommend that you have your pet vaccinated at least two weeks prior to your appointment.
  3. Pets must be kept indoors or confined the night before surgery.  This ensures that they are not outside, which could potentially be dangerous during surgery.
  4. Your pet may have a quarter of the amount of their usual breakfast the morning of surgery.  Pets may have water up to the time of surgery.
  5. Check-in time for all clients is between 7:00 AM and 7:30 AM. You will be processed by number in the order in which you arrive at our clinic. Your pet will not be admitted before 7:00 AM. If you arrive after 7:30 AM we may not be able to admit your pet for surgery and we will need you to reschedule.
  6. Please leave your animal in the car until you have completed all of the required paperwork. An assistant will advise you when to retrieve your pet.
  7. You must complete the necessary admission form when you arrive. Our admissions paperwork is a three-part carbonless form; therefore, it cannot be faxed or e-mailed. Additionally, we do not have the resources to mail this paperwork.
  8. We require that you abide by Alabama state law and have a current rabies vaccination for your pet. If your pet does not have a rabies vaccine, we will administer it at the time of surgery for a charge of $12.00. If your pet does have a rabies vaccine, please bring your pet’s rabies certificate or medical records with the date of vaccination circled.
  9. All dogs must be on a leash and all cats must be in a carrier.
  10. We do not accept checks. We accept cash, all major credit cards, and Debit cards. You must pay for services at the time of check-in.
  11. Our veterinarians perform a general physical exam of every patient prior to surgery. Blood work is not done prior to surgery. Our veterinarians reserve the right to refuse service to any animal to whom surgery is deemed a health risk.
  12. We do not board pets. Dogs can be picked up as early as 4:00 p.m. and cats at 4:45 p.m. the day of their surgery. All animals must be picked up by 5:00 p.m. Owners who do not pick up their pets by 5:00 p.m. will be charged a $35 late fee.