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Before Surgery: What to Know
Before arriving at our facility, please familiarize yourself with the important information below to help your pet have the best possible outcome.
To help prevent common diseases, we strongly recommend your pet be vaccinated at least one week prior to surgery with the DA2LPPv (distemper/parvo - for dogs) or FVRCP (distemper/upper respiratory - for cats). While no vaccine is 100% effective, vaccination will lessen the chance of your pet contracting disease, as well as decreasing the severity of the disease if your pet does contract it. Please consult your regular veterinarian for further information.
In addition, North Carolina state law requires a current rabies vaccination for your pet. Please bring proof in the form of a certificate (tags are not acceptable forms of proof). We are otherwise required to administer one at the time of surgery for a charge of $15.
Pets five months and older who are being spayed or neutered at ASPCA Spay/Neuter Alliance may have a quarter of the amount of their usual breakfast the morning of surgery, and animals four months or younger may have half of their usual breakfast. All pets can have water up until the time of surgery.
Pets must be kept indoors or confined the night before surgery. This ensures that they are not eating outside, which could potentially be dangerous during surgery.
Due to our strict schedule, your pet might not be admitted if you arrive after 8:30 A.M. The admission process usually takes 10 to 15 minutes to complete. If you wish, you may collect the paperwork before your appointment to save time. View Directions
If it is possible to have your pet safely wait outside of the facility until you have completed check-in, please do so. Once we have your paperwork and have spoken to you about your animal's health, you will be asked to bring him/her in. All dogs must be on a leash and all cats must be in a carrier. If you do not have a carrier for your cat, you can purchase a cardboard carrier for $5.
We accept payment in the form of cash, check or credit card, preferably at the time of check-in.
Mondays through Thursdays, all animals are held overnight and released the following day at 7:30 A.M. Please note that we do not board pets.
In female animals, the uterus and ovaries are removed through a small incision in the abdominal wall, which makes them unable to get pregnant. In male dogs and cats, the scrotum is not removed, only the testicles. This prevents the production of sperm, meaning they will no longer be able to father puppies or kittens. Our patients are completely asleep during surgery and are unable to feel or move.
Your pet will receive a small, green tattoo near the incision site. This tattoo is not another incision—it’s just a small score in the top layers of the skin, filled with tattoo ink and covered with surgical glue. The tattoo will ensure that anyone examining your animal will know s/he has been sterilized.
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