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At Spay Neuter Society, we understand that you may have questions about our affordable veterinary services. That's why we've compiled a list of frequently asked questions to help you find the answers you need. If you don't see your question answered here, please don't hesitate to contact us and we'll be happy to help!

  • Why spay and neuter?
    Each year, millions of dogs and cats are euthanized in shelters due to overpopulation. Spaying and neutering can help reduce this problem as well as address certain health and behavioral issues.
  • What is a spay? What is a neuter?
    A spay is the surgical removal of both ovaries and sometimes the uterus in females. Spaying can greatly reduce the risk of mammary cancer (depending on age at time of surgery), cancers of the ovaries or uterus and emergency life-threatening uterine infections (pyometra). A neuter is the surgical removal of the testicles in males. Neutering can decrease behavioral issues such as marking, roaming, and territorial aggression. This procedure can also reduce risk of certain prostate problems and eliminates the risk of testicular cancer.
  • When should my pet get spayed or neutered?
    We will perform spay/neuter surgery on any healthy cat or dog starting at 3 lbs and 12 weeks of age. If you are uncertain of your pet's weight, age, or general health status please make an appointment with your full-service veterinary clinic (FSV) for a physical exam, weight and age check, as well as to discuss the best timing for your pet's surgery.
  • What's the difference between a spay/neuter clinic and a full-service clinic for spay & neuter surgery?
    Great question! Spay/neuter clinics and full-service veterinary (FSV) clinics serve different purposes for pets and owners. The biggest advantage of having spays and neuters done at a spay/neuter clinic is the quick surgical times, small incisions, and therefore usually quick recovery and healing times for healthy animals. Full-service clinics are great for patients requiring very specific needs (specific anesthetic drugs and monitoring) as well as more individualized care (dedicated staff for each surgical patient), especially for patients with underlying conditions. FSV clinics are also able to address a wider array of issues than a spay/neuter clinic. Both types of clinics typically have low complication rates and good surgical outcomes. Please consider the needs of your pet when making the decision for elective surgery and if you have any questions, please contact us or consult with your regular veterinarian about your pet's specific needs.
  • Do you perform surgery on brachycephalic breeds?
    Currently we are unable to accommodate the special anesthetic needs for brachycephalic breeds. Brachycephalic dog breeds include French Bulldogs, English Bulldogs, Boxers, Bullmastiffs, Boston Terriers, Pekingese, Japanese Chins, Pugs, Shih Tzus, and others. Brachycephalic cat breeds include Persians, Burmese, British/Exotic Shorthairs, Himalayans, Scottish Folds and others. If you have a pet mixed with a brachycephalic breed, please email us a mug shot (one from the side and one from the front of the face) to see if surgery at our facility is appropriate before scheduling.
  • Will my pet get a spay/neuter tattoo?
    All animals undergoing spay/neuter surgery at SNS will receive a mandatory tattoo to indicate the pet has been altered. It is a small green line typically placed on the belly (females and male cats) or near the scrotum (male dogs). The presence of a spay/neuter tattoo helps prevent unnecessary surgery should your pet go to a new owner or ever end up in a rescue or shelter organization. SNS will not proceed with spay/neuter surgeries on animals if the tattoo is declined.
  • How do I schedule my pet for surgery?
    Please click BOOK NOW to access our online scheduling portal. SNS only offers surgery appointments up to a month ahead so please check our website regularly for availability. A non-refundable $25 deposit is required at time of scheduling and will be applied towards your final bill on surgery day. Please make sure your pet's weight is accurate when scheduling so that we can have the appropriate sized kennel available for your pet's visit. If your pet is heavier than the scheduled weight slot, you may be declined for surgery and your deposit forfeited. If you do not know your pet's weight, please come by on Fridays during our vaccine clinic hours (8 AM - 12 noon) to weigh your pet before booking an appointment.
  • What if I need to reschedule my surgery appointment?
    Please let us know by calling or emailing the clinic with at least 48 hours notice if you need to reschedule or cancel. Failure to give proper notice will result in forfeiture of the appointment deposit. Please also note that multiple rescheduling requests may result in no further appointments.
  • If my pet is on medications, can he/she still have surgery?
    Depends. Certain medications may increase the risk of surgical complications. If your pet is on medications (i.e. antibiotics, steroids, insulin) or supplements, please email us at spayneutersociety@gmail.com with the pet's medical record from your regular veterinarian for review. A staff member will get back to you about any recommendations, including if having surgery done at our clinic is still appropriate. Your pet's safety is very important to us so please let us know if he/she is on any medications or supplements!
  • My pet is having surgery. When should I get bloodwork done?
    Pre-surgical bloodwork is optional but is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED especially for pets 5 years of age and older unless otherwise required by the veterinarian. Bloodwork may be done through your regular vet up to 2 weeks before surgery or with us! Please bring your pet in on Fridays between 8am to 12 noon for our staff to collect the sample to send to the lab. Results will be emailed to you along with any recommendations made by the vet and if surgery is approved. Bloodwork done through your regular veterinarian should be emailed to us, uploaded during the online booking or dropped off at the clinic during business hours (8A-4P) at least 48 hours before your surgery date to allow time for the veterinarian to review. You must schedule your surgery appointment before coming in for bloodwork sample collection.
  • What if my pet is declined for surgery?
    If your pet is declined for medical reasons (abnormalities on bloodwork or pre-operative exam), the SNS staff will discuss any recommendations and whether rescheduling for a later date is an option or if your pet’s medical needs are better served by a full-service veterinary clinic. There is a $25 office visit for pets that are declined on day of surgery if abnormalities are observed on pre-operative exam or if the pet is found to be already spayed/neutered.
  • What is included in the surgery price?
    Dogs: pre-surgical exam (if the pet allows), short-acting anti-nausea medication for surgery, anesthesia, spay/neuter procedure, multiple medications for pain relief during the pet’s stay, e-collar, and oral pain medication to go home. Cats: pre-surgical exam (if the pet allows), short-acting anti-nausea medication for surgery, anesthesia, spay/neuter procedure, multiple medications for pain relief during the pet's stay and an injection for pain relief that lasts up to 72 hours after surgery. If a pet does not allow a pre-operative exam, the exam will be performed after sedation with the understanding that there is some increased risk with sedation without knowing your pet's underlying cardiopulmonary health status. Pain management is very important to us at Spay Neuter Society. We accomplish this using a multi-modal approach (using different types of drugs) to treat different aspects of pain including the use of anti-inflammatories, opioids, and local anesthetics to numb the surgery site. Our goal is to keep your pet as comfortable as possible before, during, and after the procedure. A longer-acting anti-nausea medication (Cerenia) that lasts 24 hours is available for an additional fee. This medication can help improve speed of recovery and even provide additional pain relief. Please indicate if you want this additional medication at the time of booking or at check-in on your pet's surgery day. There are additional charges for pregnancy, cryptorchidism (one or both testicles not in scrotum), in-heat, being overweight, etc. Please see our pricing list for further details.
  • What animals do you spay and neuter?
    Dogs and cats only.
  • Do you spay pregnant or in-heat animals?
    Yes! There is an additional fee for in-heat and pregnant pets and for other conditions that may be observed on preoperative exam or during surgery. Pregnant spays terminate the pregnancy and fluids may also be given at the veterinarian's discretion at an additional cost of $15. Please see our pricing list for further details.
  • What time is surgery check-in and pick up?
    Surgery check-in starts at 8AM for cats and 8:30 AM for dogs. Pets arriving after 9 AM may be asked to reschedule. Upon arrival, stay in your car and please text 469.470.1331 with your name and your pet's name to let us know you have arrived and we will notify you when to enter the building with your pet. Since our lobby is small and patient safety is important, we kindly ask you wait for instructions before entering the building. All pets are ready for pick up starting at 3 PM. A text will be sent to the number on file to notify of any early pick-up times. A late fee of $50 will be applied to pets not picked up by 4 PM. A boarding fee of $75/night will be applied to pets left overnight. Please note there are no staff in the clinic overnight to monitor your pet.
  • What should I do to prepare my pet for the visit?
    Please submit all completed required surgery paperwork before your appointment to speed up check-in. Vaccine records can be uploaded during the online booking, emailed to us or provided in-person at check-in. All pets receiving surgery must be current on the following vaccinations: DAPP & bordetella (dogs), FVRCP (cats), and rabies (cats & dogs). Required vaccines will be given at surgery if not current. All vaccine records must indicate that vaccinations were given under a veterinarian’s supervision to be accepted. Rabies tags will not be accepted as proof of rabies vaccination. Upon arrival to the clinic, dogs must be on a secure leash or in a carrier. Cats must be in a secure carrier. If bringing more than one cat, each cat must be kept in separate carriers as the stress from exposure to new places and smells can lead to fights between cats when confined together before or after surgery. We have cardboard carriers for cats for a cost of $15. Please allow 30-40 minutes to complete the check-in and check out process. The night before surgery: For animals over 6 months of age, no food after midnight the night before surgery. For animals under 6 months of age, a small meal (1/4 of normal amount) can be fed up until 6 am. All animals can have water up until 6 am the morning of surgery. If animals are not appropriately fasted, they may vomit during surgery which is a choking risk and may result in complications requiring emergency care.
  • Will my pet stay overnight?
    No. There is no staff to supervise your pet overnight. A $75/night boarding fee will be added to your bill for animals left overnight. Any animals not picked up after 72 hours are considered abandoned and will be turned over to animal control.
  • What forms of payment do you accept?
    We accept credit cards (Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express), debit cards, cash, and Care Credit. No personal checks will be accepted. Payment is due in full on day services rendered. To speed up check out, paying via our text link before coming to the clinic is highly recommended.
  • How long is the recovery time after surgery?
    It takes about 7-14 days for the surgery site to heal. Please keep your pet exercise restricted during this time. This means no running, jumping (including into/out of the car or onto furniture), playing, using the stairs, going on long walks or swimming. For dogs, an e-collar has been provided to prevent your pet from disturbing the surgery site. For cats, it may be helpful to use non-clumping litter during the recovery period to prevent dust getting into the incision. Please ask us about mild sedatives if you feel your pet may be difficult to keep quiet during the recovery period. Mature male dogs and all male cats will have their incisions purposely left slightly open to allow for drainage and will close on its own over the next few days after surgery.
  • Do any stitches need to be removed after surgery?
    No, all sutures are internal and will dissolve over a few weeks after surgery. A small amount of tissue glue may be present to protect the incision and tattoo site and will come off after a few days.
  • What should I do if I have a post-operative concern?
    Please make sure to check out our After Surgery Care section for resources on post-operative care and monitoring. If you still have concerns, please contact us at 469.240.5130 (8AM-4PM) or at spayneutersociety@gmail.com regarding any concerns after surgery! If sending an email, providing a picture of the area of concern will be helpful. We will do our best to get back to you as soon as possible and to treat complications/concerns related to surgery at our clinic at minimal cost. Please DO NOT text our texting number as we only use it for checking in and checking out purposes. We are not a 24-hour facility, therefore if your pet is in distress or your concern is urgent, please call or go to your nearest full-service or emergency veterinary hospital. Please note any concerns or complications treated outside of our clinic are your financial responsibility and are not eligible for reimbursement.
  • Do you offer wellness exams?
    No, we currently only offer spay/neuter services and vaccine clinics.
  • What is a full-service veterinary (FSV) clinic?
    A full-service veterinary (FSV) clinic may also be known as a general practice veterinary clinic. These veterinary practices offer more testing and treatment options than wellness or spay/neuter clinics. We will notify owners if there is a concern about their pet that would be better addressed at a FSV clinic.
  • Where do I take my pet for vaccine boosters?
    We offer a walk-in vaccine clinic most Fridays from 8AM - 12 noon. You may also take your pet back to your regular veterinarian for any subsequent vaccination needs. Clients must sign-in by 11:30 AM to receive services at the Friday vaccine clinic.
  • Do you recommend any other vaccinations or basic preventative care?
    Dogs: Each individual pet may have specific preventative care needs depending on their life style and should be discussed with your regular full-service veterinarian. The American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) provides a standard set of guidelines for canine vaccination recommendations. The state of Texas has the 3rd highest number of heartworm disease cases as reported by the American Heartworm Society and as such, annual heartworm testing and year-round heartworm prevention is highly recommended for all dogs. Fleas, ticks and other parasites such as roundworms and hookworms are also prevalent in the southern United States so good quality flea/tick control and regular deworming is also recommended. Checking bloodwork each year is also recommended to look for any changes in your pet's internal health over time. Cats: Although many cats are indoors, they still require preventative care and regular check ups! Since our feline friends do not live in an isolated bubble, they are still susceptible to catching illness. We can bring home diseases and parasites on our clothes or shoes, on packages or from other animals in the household such as dogs who go outside or when we take in a stray cat/dog. AAHA and the American Association of Feline Practitioners (AAFP) provide a standard set of guidelines for feline vaccination recommendations as well as recommendations on FeLV/FIV testing & management. Cats are great at hiding their symptoms and when owners start to notice, they are likely sicker than they appear so it important they are seen regularly by a full-service veterinarian for examination, bloodwork, vaccines and for prevention products. The Companion Animal Parasite Council is also a great resource for learning about parasites and how common they are in your specific region of the United States! Parasite control is important as some parasites found in dogs and cats can carry diseases that can affect you and your family. Please discuss with your full-service veterinarian about the best preventative product for your pet's lifestyle and needs.
  • What should I do if my dog is fearful or aggressive when meeting new people or going to the vet?
    We understand going outside one’s comfort zone can be scary! If your pet has been very anxious or fearful in a vet clinic in the past, please let us know BEFORE your appointment so we can make accommodations for a safer and more comfortable visit for pets and staff. We may reschedule or decline service if we are not given adequate notice about your pet’s needs.
  • Do you perform declaws on cats?
    No.
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