Frequently Asked Questions

Why spay or neuter?
Spaying is the procedure used for female pets. Neutering generally refers to the procedure used for male pets. There are ways of providing birth control for dogs and cats by removing reproductive organs. Through spaying or neutering, you can help your pet have a happier, healthier and longer life. In both cases the operation is performed while the pet is under anesthesia. Spaying or neutering removes discomfort, distress and distraction, and frees your pet to enjoy time spent with you. Spaying and neutering helps all pets by reducing the number of dogs and cats condemned to live without homes and without love.

Spaying a female pet:

  • Eliminates the heat cycle
  • Promotes longer, healthier lives
  • Ends crying
  • Stops the bloody discharge
  • Stops unwelcome visitors
  • Reduces the incidence of a number of health problems such as ovarian cancer

Neutering a male pet:

  • Stops the mating drive
  • Reduces the urge to roam
  • Reduces mounting
  • Stops spraying
  • Eliminates testicular cancer and decreases the incidence of prostate cancer

How/why can we do surgeries at much less cost?
The LCSNC is a non-profit organization. We received our 501(c) (3) on February 8, 2006. Our organization depends on grants, donations and fundraising events. We are housed in a County owned building which is generously leased to us by Hamilton County, at a reduced cost. Our clinic specializes in spay neuter surgeries and does not require some of the same costly equipment needed within a full service private veterinary practice.

Will my cat or dog feel pain during the surgery?
Each cat or dog is given an IV injection of anesthesia to put them under for surgery. After they are under, cats are given an injection of Metacam, and each dog is given an injection of Morphine for pain relief during and after surgery.

How old does my pet need to be in order to be spayed or neutered?
Your pet should be at least 3 months old and weigh at least 3 pounds before undergoing surgery. We encourage early age surgery due to the quick recovery time a younger cat or dog experiences.

How young can a female cat/dog get pregnant?
Female cats and dogs can get pregnant as early as 5 months old. Puppies and kittens can get pregnant even from their own litter mates.

How long after my female cat/dog has had kittens/puppies can I get her spayed?
It is best to wait 6-8 weeks after the kittens/puppies are born, so that the mother can nurse until her litter is weaned. Female cats & dogs can get pregnant even while nursing a young litter, so if this is a possibility, the spay surgery can be done even while she is still nursing to prevent another pregnancy.

Will neutering my male cat stop him from spraying?
If your male cat is neutered before he starts spraying chances are he will not spray. If your male cat is already in the habit of spraying chances are unlikely that the neutering will cause his behavior to stop.


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