Planned Pethood

Surgical Services

Female Dog $80
Male Dog $70
Female Cat $65
Male Cat $50
Feral Cat *must be in trap* $45 *
Cryptorchid $20**
Hernia $20**
Pregnant *3rd trimester* $23
Heavy Animal Surcharge $30
>70 lbs.


*includes rabies vaccine
** price starts at $20 and up

Dog Vaccines

Administered only with surgery

Rabies $10
Distemper/Parvo *DALPPv* $12
Bordatella *Kennel Cough* $12
Heartworm Test $18


Cat Vaccines

Administered only with surgery

Rabies$10
Feline Distemper *FVRCP* $12
Feline Leukemia *FELV* $12
Feline Combo Test $23

Other Services

Administered only with surgery

Microchip with Registration $25
Nail Trim $4
Antibiotics $17
Pain Medications $17
E-Collar (S,M,L) $8
E-Collar (XL, XXL) $10

Payments

Fees must be paid in the morning at drop-off.
There may be additional charges at pick-up depending on certain situations.

We accept cash,  Visa, Mastercard and Discover.

Why Spay/Neuter

Millions of unwanted companion animals are euthanized every year, which is a direct result of pet overpopulation. Spaying/neutering our companion animals will help get a handle on this epidemic, as well as providing a great many other benefits. With questions or comments please feel free to contact us at 336-299-3060.

 

Top 10 Reasons to Spay/Neuter Your Pet
Adapted from the ASPCA

  1. Healthier Females
    Spaying—the removal of the ovaries and uterus—is a veterinary procedure performed under general anesthesia that usually requires minimal hospitalization. Spaying a female cat or dog helps prevent pyometra (pus-filled uterus) and breast cancer. Treatment of pyometra requires hospitalization, intravenous fluids, and antibiotics. Breast cancer can be fatal in about 50 percent of female dogs and in 90 percent of female cats. Spaying your pet before her first heat offers the best protection from these diseases.
  2. Healthier Males
    Besides preventing unwanted litters, neutering your male dog or cat—the surgical removal of the testicles—prevents testicular cancer
  3. Better Behavior
    Neutered cats and dogs focus their attention on their human families. On the other hand, unneutered dogs and cats may mark their territory by spraying strong-smelling urine all over the house. Indoors, male dogs may embarrass you by mounting on furniture and human legs when stimulated. Aggression problems can be avoided by early neutering, though neutered dogs protect their homes and families just as well as unneutered dogs.
  4. Avoiding the “Heat”
    While cycles can vary greatly, female felines usually go into heat for four to five days every three weeks during breeding season. In an effort to advertise for mates, they will yowl and urinate more frequently—sometimes all over the house. Unspayed female dogs generally have a bloody discharge for about a week, and can conceive for another week or so.
  5. Less Risk of Roaming
    An intact male in search of a mate will do just about anything to get one! That includes digging his way under the fence and trying to escape from the house. And once he is free to roam, he risks injury from traffic and fights with other males.
  6. Highly Cost-Effective
    The cost of your pet’s spay/neuter surgery is a lot less than the cost of caring for a litter. It also beats the cost of treatment when your unneutered tom escapes and gets into fights with neighborhood strays… or the cost of cleaning the carpet that your unspayed female keeps mistaking for her litter box… or the cost of… well, you get the idea!
  7. Good for the Community
    Stray animals pose real problems in many parts of the country. They can prey on wildlife, cause vehicular accidents, damage the local fauna, and scare children.
  8. The Miracle of Responsibility
    We have heard many people say that they don’t want their pet to be spayed/neutered because their children will miss the miracle of birth. But you know what? Letting your pet produce offspring you have no intention of keeping teaches your children irresponsibility. Anyone who has seen an animal euthanized in a shelter for lack of a home knows the truth behind this dangerous myth. There are countless books and videos available to teach your children about birth in a responsible manner, without sacrificing animals to do so.
  9. It Will NOT Make Your Pet Fat!
    Lack of exercise and overfeeding will cause your pet to pack on the extra pounds, not neutering. Your pet will remain fit and trim as long as you continue to provide exercise and monitor food intake.
  10. Fighting Pet Overpopulation
    And last, but certainly not least, millions of cats and dogs of all ages and breeds are euthanized annually or suffer as strays. These high numbers are the result of unwanted, unplanned litters that could have been prevented by spaying or neutering. We at Humane Alliance are dedicated to providing a non-lethal solution to the problem of shelter pet overpopulation.

Procedure Details

- Surgery is performed Monday through Thursday by Appointment only.

- Check-in is at 8:00 am for cats, 8:30 am for dogs and 9:00 am for voucher or grant participants.

- Pick-up time will be discussed when scheduling.

- All cats must be in separate hard plastic cat carriers.

- No food or water after 9:00pm the night before surgery.

- Paper proof of current Rabies is due at the time of drop-off (must be certified vaccination certificate). If your animal(s) is not current, we are required by state law to give them a Rabies vaccine for $10.

- If an animal is not picked up at their discharge time a $30 boarding fee will be charged. If it is a Friday, your animal will spend the weekend and boarding fee of $140.00 will be charged.

- A feral cat is a wild cat. It must be brought in a metal humane trap and will be ear tipped.

Before Surgery

Before arriving at our facility, please familiarize yourself with the important information below.

  1. Vaccinations
    Our vets recommend that pets are vaccinated from communicable diseases (distemper, parvo, and upper respiratory diseases) at least two weeks prior to surgery. In addition, North Carolina state law requires a current rabies vaccination for your pet. Please bring proof in the form of a vaccine certificate. We are otherwise required to administer one at the time of surgery for a charge of $10.
  2. Withdraw Food At 9:00pm the Night Before Surgery
    Adult animals must have food withdrawn the night before surgery at 9:00pm.
  3. Keep Your Pet Indoors
    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.
  4. Check-In Time is 8 a.m.
    The admission process usually takes 10–15 minutes to complete. If you wish, you may collect the paperwork before your appointment to save time.
  5. Leave Your Pet in the Car
    Please leave your animal in your car until you have completed check-in. Once we have your paperwork, and have spoken to you about your animal’s health, you will be asked to bring them 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 $10.
  6. Method of Payment
    We accept payment in the form of cash, credit cards or debit cards at the time of check-in.
  7. Pets are Held Overnight
    On Mondays through Thursdays, all animals are held overnight and released the following day at 7:30 a.m. On Fridays, we do not perform surgery. Please note that we do not board pets.
  8. About the Surgery
    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.
  9. Tattoo = Spay/Neuter
    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 they have been sterilized.

After Surgery

Your pet has had major surgery and will need to be well cared-for afterwards to help prevent complications. Following the instructions below will help ensure your pet has a successful recovery.

What to expect when you get your pet home
Your pet has had major 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.

Surgical Procedure
Female dogs and cats have a mid-line incision in their abdomen. Male dogs have an incision just above the scrotum and male cats have two incisions, one in each side of the scrotum. Check the incision site at least twice daily. What you see today is what we consider normal. There should be no drainage. Redness and swelling should be minimal. Male cats may appear as if they still have testicles. This is normal, the swelling should subside gradually through the recovery period. DO NOT ALLOW YOUR PET TO LICK OR CHEW AT THE INCISION. If this occurs, we recommend you purchase an E-collar to prevent them from being able to reach the area. Your pet has received a pain injection.

In Heat
If your female dog or cat was in heat at the time of surgery, you must keep them away from un-neutered males for at least two weeks. While they are unable to become pregnant, they will still attract intact males, for a short period of time.

Sutures
Unless you are told otherwise, your pet does not have external sutures. All sutures are absorbable on the inside and the very outer layer of skin is held together with surgical glue. Do not clean or apply topical ointment to the incision site. If you are told that your pet has skin sutures or skin staples, they will need to return in 7-10 days to have those removed. Male cats do not have any sutures.

Activity
Some animals are active after surgery, while others are quiet. It is very important that you limit your pet’s activity for the next 7-10 days. No running, jumping, playing, swimming, or other strenuous activity during the 7-10 day recovery period. Pets must be kept indoors where they can stay clean, dry, and warm. Do not bathe your pet during the recovery period. Dogs must be walked on a leash and cats must be kept inside. Keep your pet quiet. Dogs and female cats have internal and external sutures that provide strength to the tissue as they heal. Any strenuous activity could disrupt this healing process. The healing process takes at least 7 days.

Feeding
Their appetite should return gradually within 24 hours of surgery. Lethargy lasting for more than 24 hours after surgery, diarrhea, or vomiting are not normal and you should contact us immediately. Do not change your pet’s diet at this time and do not give junk food, table scraps, milk or any other people food for a period of one week. This could mask post-surgical complications.

Potential Complications
Spaying and neutering are very safe surgeries; however, complications can occur. Minimal redness and swelling should resolve within several days. If it persists longer, please contact us. Please contact us immediately if you notice any of the following:

  • pale gums
  • depression
  • vomiting
  • diarrhea
  • discharge or bleeding from the incision
  • difficulty urinating
  • labored breathing

If you have any questions or concerns directly related to the surgery during the recovery period, please call this office at (336) 299-3999. If there is an emergency after hours, contact your regular veterinarian or After Hours Veterinary Emergency Clinic at (336) 851-1990.

Planned Pethood will treat at our clinic, at minimal cost, any post-op complications resulting directly from the surgery, if the above post-operative instructions are followed in full. Your regular veterinarian must address illnesses or injuries that are not a direct result of surgery. Please call for an appointment as soon as you see cause for concern. We cannot be held responsible for complications resulting from failure to follow post-op instructions, or for contagious disease for which the animal was not previously properly vaccinated.

Feral Cats

A feral cat is one that lives outside and is not socialized to humans. Feral cats can live long, healthy lives, content in their colonies, where they have access to food and shelter. However, an unmanaged colony can become a problem, with rampant breeding and the onset of problem mating behaviors.

What Can We Do With Them?
Feral cats should not be taken to the animal shelter, as they are not adoptable and can, therefore, only be euthanized. Catching and killing such cats is also an ineffective method; aside from the ethical considerations, when cats are removed from an area, survivors breed to capacity or new cats move in. The Trap-Neuter-Return method (TNR) is the most humane and effective method available to end the severe feral cat overpopulation crisis faced by this country. This method has been endorsed by national animal welfare groups, as well as many animal control departments, as the best option for feral cats and the communities they inhabit.
TNR stabilizes the colony size by eliminating new litters. It also reduces the nuisance behavior associated with unsterilized cats. TNR’s most measurable effect is that fewer cats/kittens flow through animal shelters, resulting in lower euthanasia rates and increased adoptions of shelter cats.

For more information on TNR, or for help with feral cats in Guilford County, please contact Feral Cat Assistance Program at (336) 378-0878.

Transportation

We offer a transport service in addition to our clinic drop-off, which is provided through our animal welfare transport partners in 5 counties of Central North Carolina.

Our highly skilled and dedicated employees collect scheduled patients at a pre-arranged location that is supervised by a local transport partner. The patients are then brought to our facility in safe, climate-controlled vehicles for surgery, and then returned to the drop-off location the next day.

If you are interested in having your pet transported to our clinic, please contact your local humane organization to ask about the Planned Pethood Spay/Neuter transport schedule.