Spay & Neuter
We offer a reduced cost spay/ neuter program as a public service, because prevention is the best medicine. The spay/neuter program is not intended to substitute for regular veterinary care or a relationship with a daytime veterinarian. Please call (970)-230-7576 to set up an appointment. After you have made an appointment, we will call and confirm your appointment the night before.
Remove your pets’ food after midnight the night before surgery but allow free access to water. Arrive between 8-9 AM for surgery check-in and payment is required when you drop off. You will be notified of your pets’ pick-up time later in the day. We bring in extra staff specifically for this program and if you are unable to keep your appointment please call and notify us as soon as possible so that we may schedule another client’s animal for care.
Things to know:
- Physical examinations are performed prior to surgery.
- Patients that are overweight, older than 4 years, in heat, or pregnant are much more difficult for the veterinarian to perform surgery on and there is an additional cost associated with these conditions.
- Surgeries are performed by our highly trained Emergency Intern Veterinarians or Staff Emergency Veterinarians; all surgeries are supervised by our staff Emergency Veterinarians.
- We offer early drop-off and late pick-up for working parents available upon request.
- The minimum age for a spay or neuter is 14 weeks.
- If your pet is over 5 years of age we strongly suggest pre-surgical blood work.
- Because services are provided at a minimum cost, certain recommended precautionary measures such as pre-anesthetic blood work, IV catheter and fluids will not be included but are available, at additional cost, upon request.
- Like any surgical procedure, there are certain anesthetic and surgical risks associated with spaying and neutering your pet, however, the overall incidence of complications is very low, and your pet will be in the hands of our highly trained emergency staff.
Why spay or neuter your pet?
- Prevents unwanted litters.
- May eliminate many behavioral problems associated with the mating instinct such as roaming, aggression, and marking of territories.
- In female pets, spaying prevents heat cycles.
- Spaying has also been shown to greatly reduce the chance of breast cancer and eliminates the possibility of developing life-threatening uterine infections.
- Contrary to popular belief, spaying or neutering will not make your pet fat. Feeding your pet the correct amount of a balanced diet and providing regular exercise will help keep your pet at a healthy weight and prevent obesity related health problems.